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“I believe in stripped back, wholesome, simple cooking. No gimmicks just honest, fresh food with bold flavours and a lot of colour!”
Tess already knew three years ago when she first started her BA in History of Art, at the University of Leeds, that she loved to cook. However her creative experimentation and real passion for food didn’t start until first year when she began her university career in self-catered halls with a bunch of flatmates who had no clue that scrambled eggs did not in fact scramble themselves. So she started teaching housemates and friends how to make basic meals. Improving their confidence in the kitchen, and learning herself from experience and many mistakes, she discovered how rewarding kitchen creativity could be, even with cheap ingredients. She spent more time in lectures thinking more about how to make delicious concoctions for dinner then about her degree. Much to her tutors disappointment, her appreciation of aesthetics was more focused around food then art.
Tess worked alongside many talented chefs. She has spent time in the kitchen at River Cottage in 2011, the experience that set Tess on her path as a foodie, and michelin starred Harwood Arms in 2013.
‘Tess has a passion for food. She understands the importance of good quality, provenance and flavour. She will go far.’
- Gill Meller, Head Chef at River Cottage
Since then Tess has completed her degree in History of Art and achieved her Certificate in Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu, London. She is currently working a private caterer, recipe developer, pop up host and freelance food and travel writer. She is also working on a number of exciting different projects in London, putting the finishing touches to her first cookbook and studying for a diploma from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. When she isn’t beavering away, you can find her wandering Borough Market, gallery hopping, playing the ukulele or snapping away on her camera.
A bit of press
We could reel off more, but we’d rather tell you to follow her on Instagram @tesswardchef to see all the photos of her dinner.