I enjoy getting creative – photography and writing are the areas of work I love most. I have published food & travel pieces for lifestyle magazines, articles in catering & hospitality publications and also write blogs for clients websites. In 2016 I was also lucky to be a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photography Competition which was one of the most surprising and humbling achievements since I picked up a borrowed camera and starting snapping!
My relationship with the Guild of Fine Food has been a really fabulous journey over the last 10 years, from submitting entries for artisan producers in the Great Taste Awards to becoming a regular judge and now an associate member. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing chefs and producers bringing them together for special events is exciting, fun and never fails to inspire me with their passion.
My “foodie adventures” include chefs visits and educational study trips to Denmark, the Channel Islands, Holland, Spain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Dubai, Italy and later this year Colombia.
For the last four year’s I have had the pleasure of working the non-profit making Skills for Chefs conference in Sheffield, one of the largest events for professionals in the hospitality industry. For this year’s line up we have Raymond Blanc OBE and John Williams MBE from The Ritz in London as our opening and closing speakers. Lisa Goodwin-Allen from Northcote along with Robert Ortiz from Lima headline our fantastic programme of events. We will also be raising money for good causes, this year’s chosen charity is Hospitality Action, who support people in the industry at times of illness or difficulty.
From time to time I also partner up with non-food companies but who still share the same values, ethics and approach to sustainability and the environment as the foodie folks! My interest in crafts, lifestyle, design, nature and the great outdoors gives me varied subjects to capture – my camera is never far away!
If you haven’t already gathered I am a very down to earth and straight talking “Yorkshire Lass” who will always give my honest and genuine opinion – I may not be for everyone but believe mutual trust, respect and honesty is the very best way to get the best out of life and work opportunities.