Tess Ward : Chef, Writer, Fortnum and Mason Food Consultant and London Lifestyle Blogger
I was a later bloomer to rise towards the kitchen. Discovering a passion for cooking during my time at university. At the beginning my skills were limited to egg boiling and microwaving, but with determination and lots of experimentation I kept at it, working to hone my kitchen skills with the guidance of Julia Child and Jamie Oliver. Making the change from eating processed (convenience food) to wholesome dishes, cooked from scratch and seeing the difference they make to my health and digestion, was the first step of inspiration towards a more healthful way of eating. Being a lover of all things edible I have never prescribed to restrictive diets. I eat healthily, but in balance. Restricting yourself always of the things you love, only cuts down the food you can eat. I am all about broadening the delicious possibilities.
Being Healthy is not a way of life, but a way to make your life better
Focus on crowding in the good and you will naturally eat less of the bad.
After completing my degree, I wanted to hone my skills and cooking technique and transition my hobby into a professional skill, so after completing my degree I enrolled to train as a chef in cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu. On my days off, I spent time working in the kitchens at Michelin starred Harwood Arms in Fulham.
Since completing my course in cuisine I have spent time learning from the talented chefs in the kitchen at River Cottage, The Ritz, worked hosting bespoke dinner parties, and taught cooking in tailor made cooking programmes. I also am a certified health coach, with a diploma from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
I now run the tessward.com website full time and work as a freelance food, lifestyle and travel writer. My first cookbook ‘The Naked Diet’ is also available to preorder on Amazon now.