My world revolves around the kitchen table. I’ve always been obsessed with good food and love nothing more than hosting friends and cooking up a storm. Being part of the Test Kitchen is my ideal job, we are constantly tasting, testing and trying out new recipes.
My interest in cooking began when I went off to university, inspired by a desire to recreate the delicious home cooked meals I was accustomed to, cooking soon became more exciting than the Art degree I was studying for. Beginning my career in the corporate world, the realisation that cooking combined my two favourite things: creativity and gourmandism, motivated me to return to the classroom for a Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management at London’s Le Cordon Bleu.
Certificate in-hand, I went on to pursue a career in the culinary arts, first jumping into professional kitchens working at The Delaunay and Zedel before being part of the team that opened Bellanger.
I go to great lengths to get my mitts on really good food. When my boyfriend and I were disappointed with the availability of great quality food in our locale, we used our free time to set up a food market working with local producers. Here I met Sophie who founded a catering firm committed to reducing food waste by using surplus food to create canapés. Enchanted by the idea we began to work together catering events and developing recipes using surplus food from local artisan producers.
My career has now has shifted into publishing where I create recipes and write articles on food and travel for a variety of iconic publications including Woman & Home, Feel Good Food, Style at Home and Woman’s Weekly. I remain interested in being sustainable and take every opportunity to encourage ethical eating.
Career highlights for me have included interviewing the wonderful Mary Berry and working on Truth, Love and Clean Cutlery; a guidebook of sustainable restaurants in the UK.