Herbert has been deputy food editor since 2002, when he moved from his native Australia. He retains a column in The Weekend Australian.
Meanwhile, Ghillie Studd, food editor at the National Magazine Company's Prima for two years, is to be Herbert's deputy. Studd and Herbert both report to editor Sue Robinson, who describes their section as 'the real heartland of the magazine'. Herbert's first book, The Perfect Cookbook, is to be published in the UK later this year.
The autumn is likely to be a time of change in the food publishing market.
Sainsbury's Magazine, which is published by New Crane, is rumoured to be revamping its offering at the same time as BBC Magazines is due to launch its new title for foodies, known so far only as Project Olive.
The new magazine is being overseen by Orlando Murrin, editor of BBC Good Food, which still leads the market with a circulation of 324,400 for January to June 2003.