For my professional biography click HERE
I’m Ceri a professional natural chef. My blog, Natural Kitchen Adventures is all about celebrating seasonal produce and vibrancy on the dinner plate. My recipes will guide you through the year, helping you to put fruits and vegetables at the centre of the plate.
I started Natural Kitchen Adventures in 2011 with the simple aim of creating a home for my healthy recipes. I had no idea that two and a half years later I would be inspired to leave my job to retrain as a chef, and that Natural Kitchen Adventures would still be going strong, but now as a limited company, eight years later.
I completed my six-month natural chef training – passing with honours – at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley, California at the beginning of 2014. Prior to my Natural Chef training I trained as a musician, studying the clarinet and music at university then spent ten years working as a projects manager & eventually director – managing concerts, tours and events for a London based international orchestra. I loved music, and still do, but I felt like it was time for a change.
In my professional work as a freelance chef, over the last five years I have worn many different hats. I’ve cooked for retreats and supper clubs, done an eight month stint in a vegetarian cafe, taught cooking classes in some of London’s leading cooking schools as well as in a community setting, hosted corporate cooking workshops and demonstrations in offices, recipe tested and styled recipes for health-focussed recipe books, and worked with brands to showcase their products both here and off the blog. I was also involved with setting up the first natural chef diploma course in the UK with the College of Naturopathic Medicine and have lectured on the course.
I’m currently balancing running the blog with retreat chef work, teaching and working part time as the Food Learning Officer at the Garden Museum in London, where I am responsible for facilitating cooking and food inspired workshops. I also work with my local organic veg bag scheme Lee Greens editing their weekly newsletters.
In July 2016 I was thrilled to win best free from blog at the Health Blog Awards, and have recently been accepted to the Guild of Food Writers.
Here, on the blog part of Natural Kitchen Adventures, I share recipes for meals that I have cooked through all aspects of my professional work, some taught at cooking classes, served up at a retreat or supper. If they end up on here it means they’ve been well tested and well received. Sometimes I just create stuff for fun, as I want to explore a seasonal ingredient. I like to keep up the spirit of adventure that inspired me to start blogging all those years ago, there’s still so much more to learn and explore.
If you enjoy my recipes on the blog you might also like my iphone app which was released in November 2016. It contains 75 more seasonal recipes along with seasonal produce guides to help you eat seasonally too.
- Advanced 5-day Vegan Diploma – Demuths Cookery School (2017)
- Advanced gluten free baking with Naomi Devlin – River Cottage (2016)
- Natural Chef Certification – Passed with Honours – Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Arts, California. A 6 month, 450 hour classroom & kitchen programme with 50 hour culinary externship (2013-2014)
- College of Naturopathic Medicine – Cooking for health (2013)
- College of Naturopathic Medicine – Certificate in nutrition for everyday living (2012)
- Ashburton Cookery School: Intermediate cookery week certificate (2012)
Updated February 2019