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I’m Chef Ceri a 30-something professional Natural Chef. I cook with seasonal whole foods, choosing organic and local foods where possible. My emphasis is on putting vegetables at the centre of the plate, an easy way of eating healthy to make you feel good.
I completed my 6-month natural chef training – passing with honours – at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley, California at the beginning of 2014. I now live and work back in London as a freelance natural chef, food writer and healthy cooking instructor. In July 2016 I was thrilled to win best free from blog at the Health Blog Awards.
I started Natural Kitchen Adventures in 2011 with the simple aim of sharing my healthy recipes with the wider world, and that continues to be my aim to this day. Here you will find all manner of recipes; from recipes I have taught at cooking classes, recipes I have used in my catering work or mostly just the food that I am inspired to cook. If you enjoy my recipes on the blog you might also like my iphone app which was released in November 2016, and updated in June this year. It now contains 75 more seasonal recipes along with seasonal produce guides to help you eat seasonally too.
As a natural chef I was trained to always cook with seasonal foods, choosing organic and local where possible. Most of my recipes are inspired by a single ingredient, and after shopping for said ingredient at one of London’s fabulous markets I usually have my head in the flavour bible, seeking out novel cooking ideas and further inspiration.
I don’t think I have a particular food philosophy other than one of moderation. I eat well sourced meat and fish – but much less than I used to, I eat as many vegetables as I can, and am mindful of my sugar, dairy and gluten consumption because after years of experimenting I’ve found that works for me. I don’t cut anything out or demonise any ingredients. My low fat years were miserable, my low carb years even more so. I find nutrition fascinating, but I don’t get bogged down with the science because it still feels overwhelming. I just have one wish – to feel the best that I can!
In my professional work as a freelance Natural Chef, over the last 4 years I have worn many different hats. I’ve cooked for retreats and supper clubs, done an 8 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.
Prior to my Natural Chef training I trained as a musician, studying the clarinet and music at university then spent 10 years working as a projects manager & eventually director – managing concerts, tours and events for a London based international orchestra.
In Summer 2013 I made the brave decision to leave behind my successful arts admin career and chase my dream of working in the healthy food and nutrition industry. My food, recipe & nutrition obsession had been steadily growing over the last decade, and I felt the itch for it to be my career needed to be well and truly scratched. The road at times has been tough, but I haven’t looked back and continue to move forwards!
This blog – which I have lovingly updated since April 2011 (it was originally named Cucina Ceri) – will always continue to be my experimentation ground, my own little space of the internet to share my story, what inspires me and my healthy recipes. I enjoy every second I spend working on developing the blog and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me – as well as my food!
My Chef & Nutrition Qualifications:
- 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 June 2018