I’ve always loved food – I grew up around it in a family that were also keen cooks and eaters. After gaining a BSc in Food, I began teaching cookery to teenagers at secondary school level. Whilst teaching, I used to work as a sous chef at weekends where I learnt a lot about keeping a kitchen tidy – gone were the days of leaving the washing up until later!
I then left the classroom and my role as Assistant Head Teacher to write about food. I’ve written features and recipes, and styled shoots for national and international publications such as Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group; consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books; and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less. Throughout my career I have specialised in recipe writing and I still love to teach people how to cook (although I’m not quite as patient as I used to be!).
After travelling Europe searching for the best coffee shops, I landed the perfect role working across Woman&Home, Woman’s Weekly, Woman, Woman’s Own, Chat, Ideal Home and GoodtoKnow. The Test Kitchen team and I produce recipes and look after the content for these magazines and many more across the TI portfolio.
When I’m not writing about, cooking or eating food, I can usually be found binge-watching TV shows, wandering a museum in London or escaping the city for greener and sunnier climates.