Tess Ward : Chef, Grazia Food Writer and London Lifestyle Blogger


I was a later bloomer to rise towards the kitchen. My journey into the world of food happened much by chance then intention. Having returned from half a year travelling in India and South East Asia, with a parasite and severe digestive issues, my cooking at the time was confined to egg boiling and microwaving. I realised the best way to manage my symptoms was to learn about the food I was eating, and more importantly how to make it delicious.

Seeing at first hand the power that wholesome, natural foods could do, was the first step of inspiration. It didn;t take long before my cooking hobby developed and after completing my degree I enrolled to train as a chef in cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu.

The blog charts part of this journey, experimenting with colourful dishes and health giving, simple recipes. There is also a selection of videos under the video tab too, with a real mixture of lighter plates, home comforts and tasty treats for you to enjoy and experiment with. I hope you find them as enjoyable to read and make as I did to write.

My ethos: “Healthful living, stripped back cooking.

Count your colours not calories and measure goodness not grams”


Since completing my course in cuisine I have spent time learning from the talented chefs in the kitchen at River Cottage, The Ritz, and michelin starred Harwood Arms too. 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 available to preorder on Amazon now. 

I really hope you enjoy the blog and the recipes I create as much as I enjoy sharing them. If you’d like to get in touch, my email is tess@tessward.com. I love hearing from you all so much and am always appreciative of your comments, feedback and suggestions. If you have a query about any recipe, pop it in the comment box below and I will do my best to get back to you as speedily as I can. Foodie love to you.

Tess x

‘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