Planning Your Kitchen

Planning Your Kitchen

As a professional chef, I am often asked what people should think about when planning the layout and storage within their kitchen.  Obviously, while the kitchen is the hub of any home, it’s for cooking, so thinking through the process and needs you have when preparing meals will enable you to design a layout that […]

Spice Up Your Social Life

Spice Up Your Social Life

Entertaining is such a social activity and there can be few things more satisfying than cooking a first-class meal for friends and relaxing with them to share it and enjoy the conversation.  These are the things of which special memories are made. Witness the popularity of television shows such as Come Dine with Me, Saturday […]

Technical Challenge!

Technical Challenge!

Like millions of others I love watching Great British Bake Off every week and it is interesting to watch the contestants from a professional point of view. Not just as someone who has written a book on all aspects of baking, but also as a teacher. I have one big beef with the format though. […]

Preparing for University

Preparing for University

Every parent who has sent their children off to university has experienced that moment of panic over whether or not they will actually be able to feed themselves –  I know I certainly have.  The fear is they will resort to a diet based exclusively on microwave rice and cheap frozen pizzas because they are […]

Turn a Passion for Food into a Career

Turn a Passion for Food into a Career

Turn a Passion for Food into a Career  Whether you are leaving school or looking for a change, deciding what career you really want to pursue requires a lot of self-reflection, conviction and indeed, a bit of courage too. Taking what you love to do and turning it into a profession can be challenging. As […]

Escaping Festival Madness!

Escaping Festival Madness!

The Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe is almost upon us and the whole city is buzzing in anticipation of another year of the biggest arts festival in the world – plus all the fantastic things to see and do that come with it.   However, as most Edinburgh residents will attest, after a couple of weeks […]

Teenagers in the kitchen

Teenagers in the kitchen

How many times a day do we find ourselves asking teenagers to stack or empty the dishwasher, to clear up after themselves and to eat healthily?  The teenage years are an essential point of life to instil good habits that will last throughout life. I am always pleased to see how the teenagers who join […]

Easy Entertaining

Easy Entertaining

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy throwing dinner parties for your friends and family. It’s a great way to spend time together in relaxed surroundings.  However, I’m sure most hosts will agree that with the joy of entertaining comes a certain element of pressure. Of course your loved ones wouldn’t dare criticise or complain, […]


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