"From Little Acorns Do Mighty Oaks Grow”
I am not a chef. I can't do that really fast chop-chop-chopping of vegetables (although I am learning) and I can't make Pain au Chocolate or Baked Alaska. I don't wear chef whites (but do have a pinny) and none of my kitchen things match, BUT I can cook. I also LOVE hosting. Fussing over guests and waiting on people makes me very happy indeed.
Working in several pub-kitchens and various restaurant establishments I have picked up a lot of my cooking know-how by being just plain nosey and peering over the shoulder of many a chef. Starting at 14, peeling 25kg of potatoes every Saturday night for £2 an hour was where I found myself learning some skills (you should see me with a peeler). I then went on to work in a Thai restaurant, Pizza restaurant, Mexican restaurant, Cocktail bar, Fine dining restaurant, as well as nipping to France for a few months to work in a team of 5, cooking three meals a day for 300 people.
Ultimately my 6 year stay in Italy was where I learnt the most. Eating out 3, sometimes 4 times a week in many different types of restaurants, - this was OBVIOUSLY before children- I tasted hundreds of different flavours (including tripe, chicken feet and horse) and learned about what food went with what. My Mamma-in-law and Nonna-in-law taught me lots of things and showed me lots of tricks and secrets, which I attempt to pass on through various workshops
So, after 5 years of wanting to do something of the foodie kind, I braved it and opened my front door to host my first ever ‘Supperclub’ in my front room. This was a huge success and it helped me build up a steady customer base and gave me lots of opportunities to practise my cookery and build my confidence. Then all of a sudden I outgrew my kitchen!
So on my hunt for a kitchen to rent I came across the YMCA café space which drew me in and got me thinking….
So here we now are; The Purplespoon Café, Catering & Events based inside the George Williams Centre. It’s just such a beautiful place with a wonderful feel and I am very proud to call it mine. I have a fantastic team of amazing people who are enabling me to realise my dream and help me achieve my goals!