My husband calls me the foodie extremist. Ever since I insisted on cooking traditional Breton buckwheat galettes for pancake day last year…
Food has always been my passion and now, rather unexpectedly, it has also become my profession. You know those books about people who decide to up-sticks to run an olive grove in Spain or set up an orchard in Italy? – maybe I should write one someday.
In 2012 I left my job as a management consultant and my family, friends and flat in London, to move to Tasmania and re-train as a chef. All because I met a sheep farmer called Angus in a lift in Istanbul. I even had to learn to drive, but he was worth it. We got married in London this January, with the reception at a Michelin-starred restaurant – Kitchen W8 – wonderful food, amazing service, a perfect wedding day!
So, having completed an intensive 1 year full-time Commercial Cookery course in Hobart in December 2013 I have qualified as a chef, but I am still learning more every day I spend in a kitchen. I grab every opportunity to experience working in different restaurant kitchens – from a fine-dining vineyard in the Coal River Valley, to a Tasmanian oyster farm, to a famous Sardinian restaurant with 2 chef hat awards in Sydney. I even put on an apron and got behind the scenes at the famous Café Clock in Fes, Morocco on Christmas Day, while on holiday. My husband-to-be rolled his eyes, but happily sat down to eat the Moroccan Christmas dinner I had helped prepare.
I can’t wait to share my culinary adventures and discoveries with you!