About Me

I have navigated my way in life through food.

My degree in Food & Consumer Studies fueled a career across the food industry in product development for Burger King, Sainsburys and a flavouring company. Outside work I took courses, went to food events and read recipe books in bed. Food was my life.

But then in 2007 I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. Unable to consume gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye and some oats, I had to rethink not only my diet, but my career and entire focus in life.

Until that point, to be honest I had been blindly working my way in the corporate food world, and my heart wasn’t really in it. My diagnosis was a blessing. I had to change my job because I spent all day tasting and creating wheat filled products. So, whilst I de-contaminated the shelves in my kitchen, the books in my collection and adapted my whole approach to food to create a gluten free life, I also took the opportunity to rethink my career.

Going cold turkey on wheat, barley and rye meant I had to really delve deep into basic clean food again. Determined to not rely on manufactured, additive laden replacements, I cooked, researched and read a lot of labels. And I rediscovered good food. Not the kind of flavouring and additive laden packets that cost the earth in the shops. But wholesome, interesting, naturally gluten free ingredients, cooked from scratch using seasonal ingredients or products from small and artisan companies.

I found a new path for my career that didn’t compromise my health. Working with local food companies, farmers markets, food shows, websites and consulting farm shops, I found work in a part of the food world that had always been close to my heart… Today, I continue to attend courses, talks, read incessantly about food. Only now it all has to be gluten free.

So this blog is where I share that stuff. Be it my newest gluten free find, a new food market or a taste test of breads – I will be here with my discoveries. This is your guide to gluten free eating using all my years of experience in food to make your ‘free from’ life a little tastier.

Plus now, using all this passion, experience and discoveries, I now also run Gluten Free Gathering. Foodie events that are entirely gluten free. Come over and check them out!

10 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Kim,
    Olga from the Olive Grows gave me your name and suggested you might be able to help. Please could you get in contact with me, as I would appreciate having a chat. My company is Soupologie and my soups are gluten free.
    Thanks
    Stephen Argent
    0789 44 55 747

  2. Hi Kim,
    Would love to get samples of the GF range of one-pot meals: stewed! over to you to try. If you are interested could you please send your email address to me: lisa@dandelionpr.co.uk and I’ll get some further info over. The website is: http://www.steweduk.co.uk, incidentally.
    Best Wishes
    Lisa

  3. Naomi Farmer said:

    Hi Kim,

    I work in the Newburn Bakehouse press office (Warburtons Free From range). To celebrate our relaunch we’re hosting a blogger event at our Free From bakery in Newcastle. Chris Hook the MD of Newburn will also be there to ask any questions on the rebrand.

    Would you mind sending me an email so I can pop the invite over to you?
    Nfarmer@webershandwick.com?

    Best wishes,

    Naomi

  4. Really interesting to read your story . Love your blog posts too

  5. Hi Kim, I’ve just sent you a message on Facebook about an opportunity we’d like you to get involved with. If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, please check your ‘other inbox’. Thanks.

  6. Lindsay Ephgrave said:

    Hi Kim, would love to send you some samples of a new gluten-free breakfast cereal – Gluten Free Cornflakes from Nestle. Would this be of interest and if so where should l send them to?

    As well as providing a gluten-free version of a popular cereal product, this is the first time ever in the UK that a gluten-free cereal will be available in the mainstream cereal aisle, rather than hidden away in the specialist gluten-free section.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Lindsay Ephgrave

  7. Hi Kim,

    I’m writing from L’atelier des Chefs – we’re a cooking school with two venues in London; one in St Pauls and the other in Oxford Circus. We are launching a new three hour ‘Fundamentals of Gluten Free Baking’ class and we would be delighted if you would consider reviewing it.

    If this is something you would be interested in doing, please pop me an email at stpauls@atelierdeschefs.co.uk and I’ll send you more details!

    Thanks and have a lovely weekend,

    Odoley

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