The royal reporter turned Great British Menu presenter Jennie Bond tells us about her favourite venues and events
The rock concert held at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee was to die for. There were a million people on the outside, 10,000 guests inside and the whole place was rocking and
rolling – magical.
I had a great time at the wrap party for I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. It was good to catch up and swap stories with everyone and we did lots of dancing.
Buckingham Palace takes some beating. As you walk through those gates and feel the crunch of gravel beneath your feet, you can’t help but think: “Oh my god, I’m inside the palace!” It makes you
feel very special.
BEST of British
I have to admit I hate the English ‘season’. The likes of Royal Ascot just make me think of work – I guess I’ve just got too many bad memories of trying to get a set of headphones under a big
The Tanjong Jara Resort in Malaysia is the only place where I’ve ever thought the sea was too loud. Our room sat on stilts right above the water and the sound of the ocean was almost overwhelming
at first. I soon got used to it, though.
Doing the Great British Menu has meant eating food from the best chefs in the country and there have been some great dishes. I absolutely love seafood and am a big fan of Richard Corrigan’s
London restaurant, Bentley’s. We also had a wonderful dinner in the Barbados branch of Daphne’s recently.
I do like a glass of Champagne but I’d hate to drink it every day, so my top tipple would be Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
I love the goodie bags they give you as a guest on the TV show Loose Women – they’re always stuffed with wonderful lotions, potions and gizmos. I’ve also kept a lovely pair of Burberry sunglasses
from the BAFTA Awards, where I hosted the red carpet coverage for E! (Entertainment Television).
The highlight of my career was to go on I’m a Celebrity… and show the people who thought they knew me that I’m not some stern, po-faced, middle-age woman. It was a hugely liberating experience
that opened a lot of doors for me.
BEST Royal Moment
My favourite memory is from Fraser Island in Australia. It was midnight and I was sitting in an outdoor Jacuzzi, drinking Champagne beneath the stars with fellow reporters from the Telegraph,
Times, Sky and ITV, while Prince Charles was in his room upstairs, moaning about the noisy journalists that were keeping him awake.
BEST of the Best
If I had a chance to organise the ultimate event, I’d hold a party on the beach with a seafood barbecue and lots of chilled white wine and Champagne. All my friends from Devon would be there – no
Best known for her 14 years as Royal Correspondent for the BBC, Jennie Bond surprised the public by showing off her
more humorous side as a participant in series three of the popular ITV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, where she was voted runner-up. Since then, she has taken on a wide range of
presenting jobs, most recently finishing series two of Great British Menu. An eloquent corporate presenter, Jennie also loves entertaining people with royal anecdotes and has proved a hugely
popular after-dinner speaker.
For more information on Jennie and other celebrity speakers, contact DBA Speakers, tel: 01932 228544, squaremeal.co.uk/dba
This article first appeared in Square Meal Venues & Events magazine, Summer 2007.