Culinary explorer, educator, creator and communicator
culinary: pertaining to kitchen or cookery [f. L culina kitchen]
I cannot remember a time when I have not been interested in food. As a young child I delighted in poring over the pictures in my mother’s cookbook and by age thirteen I was regularly cooking family meals. My fascination with food and cookery was undeniably rooted in greed as I liked to eat —a lot. I did not let the ‘sinful’ origins of my curiosity deter me though. I have allowed my culinary instinct and curiosity to guide me throughout my life and it has taken me deeply into another culture ; fostered many friendships; inspired me to write; and given me an incredible education.
In the past I have worked in restaurants waiting tables, managing staff and sampling desserts and drinks; trained as a professional cook; run a canteen, a food cooperative and café and a catering business; fed artists and firefighters; and cooked many many meals for friends.
I currently teach people to cook and work with them to develop a holistic understanding of how culture, politics and economics impact our relationship with food and understand how food marketing often misinforms us; run culinary workshops; speak at events; and create fabulous meals and food adventures for small groups. I am also the author of several books about food history, culture and travel and am currently working on a book about my Anglo-Celtic culinary heritage. I write two blogs: Eating India and Writing Food, the occasional article and review and develop recipes.
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