In 1986 he was the sole judge of the best restaurant in Australia competition. The judging was interrupted by a national airline strike, and he therefore criss-crossed the continent in the private jet belonging to the sponsoring magazine’s publisher, Kerry Packer. In the early 1990s he gave a seminar on wine service and storage for about thirty executives of the Taj Hotel chain in India, which resulted in their instituting a new and effective set of quality controls. He has acted as a paid consultant for supermarket chains, organizing meetings to discuss food trends, and has been a consultant for several restaurants, on both the food and wine sides, especially enjoying writing a wine list for an upmarket Indian restaurant.
Most recently he was consultant to Raymond Blanc for his Anglo-Franco-American 2004 conference and festival at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, “The American Food Revolution.”
He was on the staff of The Observer, as Food and Wine Editor, for more than ten years, and then wrote (and still does) for The Mail On Sunday, Britain’s largest circulation respectable tabloid. For five years he was contributing editor, writing a restaurant column, for Travel & Leisure, during which time he was several times a James Beard Award nominee. Out to Lunch (London and New York, 1986), a collection of his food and wine journalism, won an IACP award in the US, and has been reissued in a new edition (ravecrouton, London, 2003). He wrote a concluding chapter for the 2003 Penguin re-issue of Philippa Pullar’s Consuming Passions. His most recent food and wine book is The Penguin Book of Food and Drink (ed., London and New York, 1998), and he has written an introduction to a new Folio Society edition of M.F.K. Fisher’s An Alphabet for Gourmets (2005).
Paul Levy is a frequent broadcaster, and wrote and presented the 1992 5-part Channel 4 series “The Feast of Christmas” (and the book with that title, published in London by Kyle Cathie, 1992), which was transmitted again by channel 4 in 1993, and in Canada and Australia.
From 1991 to 2001 he wrote a weekly column on the arts for The Wall Street Journal Europe, covering drama, books, the visual arts and architecture, music and from 1999-2001 a weekly piece on food or wine. He remains a regular contributor to the Friday “Personal Journal” pages, where he writes on art, opera, theatre, books and occasionally, food, He formerly wrote a weekly piece for the Arts & Leisure page of The Wall Street Journal in the USA. He reviews books for the New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement, and writes obituaries for The Independent that sometimes add new terrors to death. He has written for Reader’s Digest and has contributed occasional pieces to all the British broadsheet daily newspapers, and has written more than 15 entries for the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.