I live in the Charente in SW France, with my husband, internationally acclaimed food & lifestyle photographer, Ian Wallace and my 2 very precious dogs, Bosco & Parker.
where it all began
I grew up on a farm in rural England eating home grown food. I was more interested in art at school but in my early twenties, after a year at art college, I started cooking dishes for assistant food photographers (because I was the only one who could cook!) and it was then that I realised I had a talent for making food look good on a plate. So I decided to see where this would lead me. My journey since then has taken me all over the globe as I honed my styling and cooking skills working with some of the best cooks, chefs, stylists and photographers.
I met and fell in love with a film maker and photographer Ian Wallace. Ian has inspired me over the years, working together on fantastic projects for clients in London, Sydney and the US. We work as a team and after successful careers in the UK and Australia we continue this in France.
My career as a food stylist began in London. The job of a food stylist is to cook and present dishes for magazines and cook books. I was fortunate enough to work with some of the best food photographers in the industry, shooting for all the top food magazines. I became food editor of several titles during that time including BBC Vegetarian Food magazine and Options Magazine, as well as being a contributing author to many others including BBC Good Food, Food & Travel Magazine, Country Living, House & Gardens and Good Housekeeping.
I wrote my first cookbook ‘The Inspired Vegetarian’ for American book publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang in 1993. This book changed many people’s conceptions of vegetarian food at the time and sparked the beginning of a successful and very diverse career as a cookbook author. My cook books have sold thousands of copies around the world and have covered subjects such as Barbecues, Baking, Picnics, Thai cooking, Salads and Dressings, Paella and my latest cook book Oodles of Noodles.
Ian and I relocated to Sydney in 2000. We began working closely together as a sought after team of food writer, stylist and food photographer for magazines such as Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Entertaining & Travel, Delicious Australia and Taste magazine. I became food editor of two great lifestyle titles, Real Living magazine and InsideOut magazine.
Together, we also worked for many of the book publishers In Australia especially ACP Women’s Weekly, where we shoot and styled over 40 books together many of which became best sellers.
In 2013 we moved back to Europe and settled in a beautiful part of SW France. We continue to work together from our home here in France. I opened Come Cook In France, my cookery school earlier this year so I could share my love of what I do.
Really I can't say it an better than Elizabeth David in her book An Omelette and a Glass of Wine....
“To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean.”