Me demonstrating basic plant identification skills at How and Why to Eat the Wild, Scottish Borders - June 2018

Me demonstrating basic plant identification skills at How and Why to Eat the Wild, Scottish Borders - June 2018

Real Food Education That Connects

 

Food connects almost all aspects of human life and our relationship with the natural world, and can provide insight into almost anything; from politics to pleasure, aesthetics to agriculture.

I use food as an accessible, meaningful, and positive way to help people gain new perspective into the world around them. I have worked with non-profits, schools, universities, food related companies, individuals and private groups, helping them explore new approaches to business, health, sustainability, social wellbeing, and more.

 
 MSc Gastronomy students learning the politics & pleasures of raw milk cheese making with Barry Graham of Locharthur Creamery.

MSc Gastronomy students learning the politics & pleasures of raw milk cheese making with Barry Graham of Locharthur Creamery.

My experience

The most significant part of my life and work in recent years has been co-developing and teaching the MSc Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – an interdisciplinary programme seeking to challenge the way we think about and do food across society and industry. The MSc has been recognised as a vital and timely study by key individuals across government, agriculture and education, and we’re really proud of the extraordinary alumni network that continues to grow across Scotland and internationally. Take a look at what we get up to in the programme

 
 Staff development day with Soil Association Scotland - April 2018

Staff development day with Soil Association Scotland - April 2018

What can I do for you? 

If you want to learn to grow your own, how to cultivate positive food culture in your organization, the best way to navigate the complex world of food communications for your business, or just ways to connect more deeply with what you eat, I can help. I am happy to construct workshops and events for individuals and groups, or offer consultancy or staff development for businesses.

If you'd like to work together, discuss a workshop idea, or have any questions at all, please get in touch

 
 Eating together is a really important part of the workshops I run. It's over simple, good food (which we sometimes make together), that the best part of the conversation and learning often happens. 

Eating together is a really important part of the workshops I run. It's over simple, good food (which we sometimes make together), that the best part of the conversation and learning often happens. 

My Philosophy

We are facing significant food related challenges at local, national and global levels, most notably regarding human health, environmental degradation at the hands of agriculture, and inequitable distribution of wealth and resources. It is my goal to help those I work with understand these issues fully, but never to lose a positive and pleasurable relationship with food. Despite the issues that exist, food remains our way of finding comfort and nourishment, expressing our cultural identity, and communicating love and conviviality with one another. Above all else, I believe this must be respected for our future wellbeing and happiness.

For more thoughts on all things food, take a look at my blog

 

If you have questions, requests or suggestions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.