After reading English at Cambridge Orlando Murrin became a journalist. While working on Cosmopolitan, his lifelong passion for cooking resulted in his being a semi-finalist on BBC2's Masterchef. In 1997 his career and his culinary skills were combined in the role of Editor, BBC Good Food magazine. His first cookbook, The Clever Cook, and was a collection of his columns for the Daily Express. In 2003, he published The No Cook Cookbook with Quadrille. The Manoir de Raynaudes opened in June 2004.