My excitement to eat has been with me since I was really young, but my love for cooking started just a few years ago. I laced up my travelling boots while I was at university and seized every chance and penny to set foot in new places. Cooking became my way of recreating and relishing memories, moods and places, whether it be a toasty log cabin breakfast in Norway, a delectable balcony lunch in downtown Beirut or an idyllic sunlit feast on a quiet harbour in Greece. I have a firm belief that food is the nuts and bolts of society and culture, and you can understand a lot about people from the way they cook and eat. This belief is the heartbeat of my cooking style. It determines what I cook every day and the way I feed the people in my life.
I am a self-taught cook, turned chef, turned cookery teacher. After years of travel and home cooking, I raised my cooking game and auditioned for TV cookery competitions. I first took aim at the Great British Bakeoff, making it to the final pool of thirty contestants from 12,000 applicants. Later that year, my luck changed when I was selected to be a contestant on Series 14 of MasterChef UK. With a repertoire of multi-national dishes, I progressed through the competition to the final 10 out of 56 contestants. Staying true to my style, I presented dishes from some of my favourite regions around the world: the Middle-East, the American Deep South, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and special dishes from my very own homeland in the North-East of England.
After MasterChef, I became a full-time chef in Leeds. I also started demonstrating recipes at various food shows around the country and discovered how much I loved demonstration and food entertainment. To my delight, I was offered a position to teach cookery within Leeds Cookery School and Ministry of Food Leeds. Now I dedicate my time teaching people how to cook, hunting new dishes and unravelling their historical origins. Here on my website, I consolidate all of my work, from my favourite recipes and cookery tips, to podcasts and event information.