Dr Simon Poole MBBS DRCOG is a Cambridge based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator. He is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition and the science and application of the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle, explaining and celebrating the combination of wonderful ingredients in this beautiful cuisine which can add years to life. He is an expert scientific consultant on extra virgin olive oil.


Simon Qualified as a doctor from the University of London in 1987. He has been a partner at a family medical practice in Cambridge since 1992, one of the few to be rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. He also held a position teaching at the Department of Primary Care of Cambridge University.


Other roles include working with the Clinical Governance and Commissioning as well as participating in National Health Service public health projects to include the National Cardiovascular Strategy. He is a member of Council of the highly influential US based True Health Initiative. He is also a member of the Public Health Medicine Committee and General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association as well as a Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.


Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition and lifestyle and public health in scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. In addition he has written articles for The Guardian and magazines such as Cook Vegetarian and Body Language, as well as contributing to international, radio and television appearances.


His new book The Olive Oil Diet takes a fresh and exciting look at diet, foods, cooking and health, on a gastronomic journey. The book tells the story of ingredients from around the Mediterranean – from different olive oils, mountain herbs and near eastern spices to regional vegetables and fruits, cheeses and wine, unlocking the secrets of this most healthy of diets. The book has recently been awarded the accolade of National 2017 winner in the international Gourmand Prize for food and cookery writing - which is described as the food writing equivalent of the “Oscars”. It has also won "Best in the World" Mediterranean and Best in Nation Diet Book at the prestigious International Gourmand Literary Awards.


He has worked with chefs of international repute including Francesco Mazzei, Giancarlo Caldesi, Georgio Locatelli and Valentina Harris.


Simon regularly hosts conferences and presentations revealing the secrets of the Mediterranean Diet, cooking seminars and olive oil tasting.