Passion for food and feeding people eventually drove me away from a well paid but unrewarding career in business to Ireland, where I trained with Darina Allen at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in East Cork. She drilled into us classic cooking techniques, a range of traditional "forgotten" culinary skills and a deep respect for ingredients; we were privileged to be taught using the best that can be grown or sourced, with the emphasis on seasonality, locality and sustainability. I've been working as a private chef and independently as "Once Upon a Cook" a chef, caterer and private tutor inspiring people to learn to cook delicious, nutritious and flavoursome food from scratch. And - since I really enjoy giving people a good experience with food, providing hospitality and creating ambience, I'm planning to start a "pop-up" supper club which will feature seasonal home grown and local ingredients, cooked imaginatively and presented family-style and served up with good conversation and a nice little side of guitar and song (from the trusty Geoff)!!
I really want this blog to inspire and encourage others to understand ingredients and cook great food. Feel free to re-post a recipe or technique, but it'd be nice if you'd link back to this blog when you do. Also, the majority of the photographs here have been taken by myself. I'd be really flattered if anyone wanted to use them, but please ask me first? You can contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org