Five a day: Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren’s hand-drawn maps and lettering are the details that make René Redzepi’s Noma cookbook so beautiful to look at. I had the pleasure of sharing a corner with Hannah in our studio at the Royal College of Art where I remember her drawing pictures of red meat as you have never seen it before. Hannah is always busy drawing. Must be one of the reasons she is such an accomplished and sought-after illustrator.

Hannah has recently been commissioned by London charity The Food Chain which helps people living with HIV get the nutrition they need to stay well. This summer The Food Chain are running a fundraising picnic campaign for people working in London offices, and when Hannah told me about it I thought it would be a good moment to ask her what she eats during a typical working day. So, without further ado, Hannah picks up where Bobby Dazzler left off by letting me in on her ‘five a day’…


“I start the working day pretty much the same way every day, with a cup of coffee and a bowl of porridge with cinnamon, sugar and ground flax seed. I’ve made myself like this over time because it’s healthy, filling, and it stops me wanting to eat everything in the fridge before lunch.”


“Leftover doughnut from a bag of five I bought on the weekend. Porridge didn’t work this morning.”


“I work from home so I’m able to make elaborate-sounding but quick and easy lunches. Today I’m having a made-up Thai noodle soup which goes like this: half-fill a pan with water, chuck in 1 tsp of red Thai curry paste, 1 tsp sesame oil, a splash of soy sauce, add some annoying to get out of the packet spiky rice noodles and a bunch of chopped veg, anything that’s in the fridge. Cook for five minutes. Eat.”


“Afternoon snack. I take my banana for a walk by the river before eating it.”


“It’s a friend’s birthday, so here is a half drunk holding a half-drunk Hemmingway Daiquiri.”

You can pick up your very own Hannah Warren artwork in her Etsy shop, where she is currently selling gorgeous prints of London landmarks for just £20-£25.

NOMA – Map illustration for the NOMA recipe book, depicting Rene Redzepi’s journey to source ingredients for his acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant.
The Food Chain – three images from a series of illustrated volunteer roles for a charity that provides nutritional advice and support for people living with HIV.
Asda Magazine – Editorial illustration for the Time Out and Leisure section.

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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5 comments on “Five a day: Hannah Warren

  1. May 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Chloë I just found your blog, Hannah’s work is brill isn’t it, and I really like your 5-a-day idea. Thanks!

    • May 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Pleasure, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for commenting 🙂

      p.s. just had a quick look at your site – beautiful! Will have a proper read later x

  2. May 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful artwork, and love this idea for a post 🙂

  3. June 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Your friend’s illustrations are brilliant. Did you do illustration on one of your sojourns in art school? Oh, that reminds me: what are your plans for menu design for the pop up restaurant?

    • June 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Hey Sherlock, indeed I did illustration at Camberwell then Communication Art & Design at RCA.

      Menu design, ahh, another job on the ‘to do’ list…

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