The setting may be an elegant dinner, a buffet lunch in the garden, a house party in the country, a shooting week in Scotland, a family holiday in Provence, a ski chalet in the Alps, a yacht in the Caribbean, a picnic at the opera, or a special event such as a wedding or a birthday. Whatever the brief, good food, pleasure and enjoyment will be the results.
I enjoy travelling nationally and internationally in my work. Recent foreign assignments have included the South of France, Moorish Spain, a yacht in the Adriatic, the Great Lakes of North America and a royal household in Abu Dhabi. I speak fluent Spanish, French and Italian.
During my long cooking career, I have developed specific areas of speciality and particular interest which include the cuisines of Mexico, France, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Near and Middle East – and since 2014, I have been teaching Mexican gastronomy to students at The Cookery School in London’s West End.
I have also worked extensively with vegan food, and am totally committed to nutrition for dynamic health, vitality and long-term youthfulness and anti-ageing, food for life and food for joy. In 2013/2014, I completed a certification e-course on plant-based nutrition at Cornell University in the United States (isn’t modern technology wonderful? I didn’t even need to put in a physical appearance!); the course was created and run by the T Colin Campbell Foundation, he of The China Study fame. And I am currently immersed in a three-year diploma course in Naturopathic Nutrition which is managed by the College of Naturopathic Nutrition at the University of Brighton – and I am looking forward to graduating in summer 2017. My purpose is NOT under any circumstances to become a nutritionist, since cooking and eating are my great passions and I have no interest whatsoever in counting calories or grams of protein – as far as I am concerned, food is for pleasure and joy, not for scientific analysis. It is more a case of expanding my knowledge and understanding of the role food plays in our health and well-being, as well as incorporating this awareness into my cooking to enable me to produce dishes which are totally delicious and life-enhancing.