I discovered family and a home at a much later age than most, but what my start in life did provide was the wonderful discovery of food. Food was “life” and “joy” in one, and as I grew older my love for food grew. I graduated from catering school at the age of 21 after being awarded a fully funded scholarship in Switzerland working in a Michelin Star Restaurant near Montreux. I later worked in Germany, Canada, the UK and Denmark.
Through my work I learned that food can be an important part of the way people interact and connect, from a simple cake to a four course meal. Some friends and family cook together, others prefer the feeling of entertaining their guests. Good will is felt and not just seen at this time of year. Whether you can or can’t cook, making food, or being involved in kids food activities at Christmas time, can have very special meaning and create a powerful atmosphere of togetherness.
Christmas to me is about a house full of love, decorations chosen by the whole family, including the tree, feasts that look and smell absolutely amazing, warm spices, generous flavours and a house that feels like home.
May your heart feel at home this Christmas.