ABOUT ME …

I have always worked with food; after an English degree and a diploma at Leiths, I found my way into the cookery departments of women’s magazines as a recipe tester. Here, I rose through the ranks to eventually edit all the food & wine pages,and went on to win IPC’s Young Journalist of the Year Award.

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After this, I launched a career as a food stylist, creating beautiful images for books, along with some recipe development and some packaging, mostly for Marks and Spencers. Longing to feed ‘real’ people again, I sought some time out doing ‘stage’ at Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen and also spent a month cooking for the Kings of Leon on their UK tour, until once again, I was lured back into the world of magazines when an opening came up at Waitrose Food Illustrated Magazine as Food Editor. This gave me the opportunity to write my own features, and commission and work with many renowned food writers and chefs, the likes of Diana Henry, Claudia Roden, Sophie Grigson and Ottolenghi.

I left this role to dedicate myself to finishing my cookbook that wasn’t getting written, and well, about five cookbooks later, I noticed there was a distinctly unstoppable theme: I had written a book about things on toast and another on breakfast. It was clear I needed to satisfy another dream of mine: to open a coffee and breakfast bar, like the cafes I had fallen in love with whilst working in Sydney.

Back in London in 2009, the speciality coffee scene was slowly emerging and the ‘avocado on toast ‘ movement was not as prolific as it is now. I like to think opening Ginger and White, with our latte art and ‘Avo on toast’ paved the way as one of the originals. Success led to a second branch of the cafe, and a cookbook, but becoming the next Starbucks was never the plan - in fact our slightly irreverent motto “We don’t do grande!“ made us the anti brand - so nine years after opening Ginger & White, I realised it was time for me to pass on the mantle to someone else and fortunately one of our loyal customers bought the business and continues to run it. Perhaps it’s now time for another book …