FULL TIME FOODIE, YOGI and CO-FOunder of cook & Baker
For as long as I can remember, I've always been creating a mess in the kitchen. As a little girl, I used to make endless mud pies and tip them out onto the kitchen floor. As soon as I got old enough to work my way around the kitchen, I'd invite hoards of people over for a rather ambitious dinner party around a very small kitchen table to celebrate any kind of occasion worth celebrating. It's from these years and a general love of feeding and looking after people, that I ended up where I have, teaching yoga and holding huge dinner parties through Cook & Baker.
In 2016, I graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Spanish and Politics. As much as I loved university as a whole, I can't say the possibility of a life-long career in Politics seemed particularly appealing! And so, I spent my summers working for the foodie mags, recipe testing and running around the London foodie scene. I'd always dreamed of attending Leith's School of Food and Wine and so in January 2017, it became my reality.
I left Leiths in July 2017, with Distinction in the Food and Wine Diploma and then spent the year working as a private chef and all round foodie freelancer. I've worked closely with publications such as Waitrose Food and Delicious Magazine and catered events for clients such as Vogue House, The London Flower School and Mirabeau Rose. I also worked as a Feature Manager for Taste of Melbourne and IMG Culinary and became assistant to the highly-successful Jackson & Levine. Whilst living in Madrid, I also worked for renowned communications agency , Mateo & Co , looking after Michelin-starred restaurants and food brands.
In June 2017, Safia Shakarchi and I founded and launched Cook & Baker, which started out as an ambitious side project between two best friends and has since become a huge part of our world and something that we couldn't imagine our lives without. Together we host supper clubs, workshops and curated pop-up food events in unique venues across London and further afield. It's been a huge learning curve and we are so grateful for the wonderful journey its taken us on and the amazingly talented people we get to meet along the way.
To balance all of this crazy, yoga is my saving grace. It's what makes me feel whole again. More nourishing for my mind, soul and body than anything else I've come across and after becoming somewhat addicted during my university years to a lovely, friendly studio called Tribe, I decided to learn how to share this passion and my newly discovered respect for the healing properties of yoga with others.
And so, in September 2016, I also became qualified as a 200HR RYT Yoga Teacher, training at the beautiful Zuna Yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali. To read more about my yoga journey and where to find my classes or retreats, please click here!