I grew up in Brussels where food was a huge part of the culture and I was quickly enthralled by it. As children, our parents would drive us all over Europe during the summer holidays and I would pester them from as young as 4 to try new foods, eat out and join them at food markets.
Mealtimes have always been a big focus in my family – whatever had happened in the day, my parents, two elder brothers and older sister and I would always come together to sit down to some comforting home-cooked food. My beautiful Mum, who is half Norwegian and a fantastic cook, made all of our meals from scratch, and this is something that she has passed onto me.
These days, my Mum and I cook for our ever-expanding family, and day to day I cook for my lovely husband…soon to be joined by our first baby!
Career and Qualifications
I graduated in 2007 with an honours degree in biology from the UEA. Whilst supplementing my studies by cooking for a busy cafe, I completed a PGCE(M) in Secondary Sciences and went on to teach biology in Norwich. Five years ago, a move from Norfolk to Bath led me to a post at Bath’s Royal High School before I accepted the exciting role of the Food & Nutrition Lecturer at Bath’s world-renowned Norland College.
There I created and delivered an intensive 3 year nutrition and cookery course for trainee nannies where my focus surrounded topics such as weaning, fussy eating, meal planning, cooking for diabetics and coeliac sufferers, family nutrition – and most importantly, making cooking easy and accessible to all ages.
As Norland’s only Food & Nutrition Lecturer, I chose to undertake plenty of CPD to keep my knowledge relevant – this included the following accredited courses with The British Nutrition Foundation: ‘Allergy – Reducing the Risk in Early Life’ and ‘Complementary Feeding and Obesity’.
In July 2018, I left Norland after 4 successful years to embark on a building project with my husband, to study for a year-long diploma in Nutrition Coaching, and to set-up my own freelance nutrition advice and cookery business: FEAST.
However, life often has other plans: our build took 10 months rather than the expected 3 and I also happily fell pregnant!
To date, I hold an up to date Level 2 Certificate in Food Hygiene and will soon be a fully recognised Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach with the Institute of Health Sciences.
I run FEAST from my home in central Bath, which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Our newly built kitchen is where I run regular cookery classes from, overlooking our walled garden and the River Avon.