I haven’t worked as a Head Chef shouting profanities at my staff for 30 years or seduced the nation with my own TV show – yet! But working in a Michelin starred restaurant, cooking for Royal families from around the world, immersing myself in the home-grown glory of our farmers’ markets, assisting the TV ‘Masterchef’ judges and at Billingsgate Seafood School, researching local food lore – I love food and the whole world of taste, smell, energy and noise that surrounds it.
My cooking passion
I’ve travelled the world, sampling cuisines and savouring dishes. I’ve made it one of my life’s goals to keep learning, experiencing and, importantly for me, sharing this passion with clients.
A restaurant kitchen is where it all started and slicing and dicing in a Michelin starred restaurant got my heart beating faster. I resigned from a French Merchant Bank and trained classically at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, topping up my knowledge with professional courses at Ashburton Cookery School, Claridges and The Bertinet Kitchen. Now, I travel, cook, learn – through any medium – and with my professional experience, I can share.
From rowing to whisking
As with all my passions, I’m likely to take this one to a similar extreme. I’ve won a Commonwealth Gold medal for rowing, cycled a country or three, swum the English Channel with friends and embarked on numerous other adventures.
I work with other passionate Leiths trained chefs, polite, hard-working waitressing staff and a team of talented food-loving people. I believe deeply in teamwork, collaboration, sharing and great times. Food always seems to be at the heart of what matters and great food is more than just great; it’s extraordinary.
I’ve published my first cookery ebook entitled
Canapés (appetisers, cocktail party food, finger food, nibbles, hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, mini bites including warm canapés, cold canapés and sweet canapés, as well as dips and oriental canapés). It’s available on Kindle or click on the cover image below – enjoy and send me feedback please. Chantal