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!