Scoffy was abandoned by his wealthy parents in a Harrods hamper on the steps of the Paris Ritz. They could no longer care for him as they were driven by their desire to track down the elusive edible hexagon anise (similar to the star anise). As a result Scoffy was raised at the feet of some of the worlds best Chefs. He went on to work in restaurants all around the world, rising to head chef in many of them and accumulating numerous awards and stars. However, a chance encounter with a wonky star anise brought up those long buried feelings of loss and abandonment. He walked away from his life as a world class chef and set up the Food Detective Agency. After many years of searching he found the elusive edible hexagonal anise and vowed to train a band of food detectives to continue the food hunting legacy of his parents.
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About the illustratorHarry Venning is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Although he specialises in cartoon illustrations for the child/young adult market, he is best known for Clare In The Community, the weekly strip cartoon he has provided The Guardian with since 1996. In 2004 Harry adapted the strip into a BBC Radio 4 sitcom, starring Sally Phillips, which won a Sony Radio Award. Harry lives in Brighton with his wife Geri and daughter Minnie.
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