I’m Denise. a food writer and chef living and working on a mountain in North Wales – although I regularly travel to London and further afield. Since starting my supper club in 2009 I have been featured in The Western Mail, Elle Decoration, The Times and Huffington Post, appeared on Britains Best Dish, cooked at Global Feast and interviewed on BBC Radio Wales.
I am committed to high quality, seasonal and local ingredients whther i’m cooking an intimate dinner for eight (at one of my supper clubs) or catering for a few hundred at weddings and festivals.
To find out more about me and how I got here, watch this video (TO COME) or read my story below.
To find out how you can work with me click on one of the links below, or if you can’t wait to get in touch heres how to contact me.
Moel Faban supper Club and Moel Faban Suppers: My story.
Moel Faban (pronounced moil va-ban) secret supper club was established in October 2009 and named after the Welsh mountain on which I live (translated literally it means bald baby, but is more commonly called the baby mountain). Established as a fun thing to do after I was made redundant and drawing on my skills as a chef (I trained at Westminster College in London when I first left school) I initially intended to give it a go for a year to see if it would work in Wales, or until I got myself a ‘proper’ job. A year on it was going too well not to continue.
Cooking in the quarter finals of Britains Best Dish under the scrutiny of John Burton Race and Ed Baines
By the end of 2011 I started to consider food and catering as an alternative career. With academic jobs scarce and the economic climate in poor shape I decided it was time to do something else. Most of the research jobs I’d applied for sounded dull in comparsion to the fun I was having cooking. I was increasingly being asked to cater for private parties and dinners so in January 2011 Moel Faban Suppers (the business side of proceedings) was established.
Since then I have cooked at festivals (The Green Man is a regular client), weddings, business lunches and dinners. I have provided food for artist riders and backstage and worked as a private chef for several clients. I also started selling my own seasonal range of jams and chutney and have given several masterclasses and demonstrations on preserving (amongst other things).
Global Feast 2012 – Foodie Extravaganza in London based around the Olympics. I was invited to cook as a representative of Wales
I hold a monthly pop-up cafe at the Ogwen produce market where I serve hearty wholesome well cooked food. It’s not always fancy, but is always made with the best ingredients available and to the highest standards.
I originally started writing the blog as a means of advertising the supper club. Since I live half way up a mountain in Wales I sometimes feel over looked. I’m well off the beaten track and that is great, that is why I moved to Wales in the first place, but sometimes I need to be noticed. People needed to know about the supper club to book a table.
Now the blog has grown into what I hope is an interesting reflection on a food lovers life in Wales. From restaurant reviews to recipes, interviews with food providers and producers, product reviews, events and festivals both in Wales and further afield I hope this blog covers them all. Sometimes I even like to go travelling (when I have the time and money) and then I write about that too.
The blog is also an opportunity to tell the rest of the UK about what I take for granted living here. Some of the producers already have a growing reputation while others deserve wider recognition. I do that as part of my writing.
My readership has now grown beyond my initial imaginings. I love writing, but as I’m dyslexic sometimes it takes me a while!
My helpers and legacy so far:
Back in 2009 there was no one else running a supper club in Wales and it was a big gamble. Now there are more of us. Calon y Gegin in Cardiff and The Raspberry Bush supper club in Cwmbran started after discussions with me…but I am still the only person doing it in the North and I so wish there were more of us!.
I couldn’t have done it without the help of the wonderful Ellie and Rosie from salad club www.saladclub.wordpress.com who gave me lots of great advice and ms marmite lover www.marmitelover.blogspot.com who also made some great suggestions, plus all my wonderful local suppliers and producers.
I have also written for:
- Visit Wales website and am currently working with journalist Richard Johnson on the new British Street Food website