I’m Denise, a food writer, photographer, chef and psychologist living and working on a mountain in North Wales . This is the place I have the privilege to call my home but I also have the heart of a traveller. Itchy feet and a desire to see the world keep me moving … although there is nowhere as beautiful as North Wales.
I started food blogging and running a supper club in 2009 and have been featured in The Western Mail, Elle Decoration, The Times and Huffington Post, MSN food and the Guardian. I’ve appeared on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru
In 2011 I appeared on Britain’s Best Dish which I went on to win for Wales and the South West. In 2012 I cooked at the London Olympics fringe event Global Feast, featured as one of the best up and coming British chefs / supper club hosts.
These days I focus mainly on writing and photography, mentoring up and coming businesses and focusing on small bespoke jobs that require catering for special dietary requirements for example, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, alkaline
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 also held a monthly pop-up cafe at the Ogwen produce market serving 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. My blog gives a unique look at life, the scenery and the food in what has recently been dubbed one of the top ten places to visit in the world.
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!
I have also written for:
- Visit Wales website and am currently working with journalist Richard Johnson on the new British Street Food website