With a background in Landscape Architecture and conservation management, this self taught vegan chef has worked in various ‘kitchens’ in Amsterdam, New York and London for the last 20 years. I've cook and planned everything from themed ‘extravaganza’ feasts for two hundred people to intimate meals for two. I’m well versed in a variety of approaches. My specialization in medieval food has won many hearts, at least in part due to the uniqueness of my approach.
An environmentalist from a young age; pond creation, planting woods, breeding native frogs... that and animal sanctuary from factory farming, been there, done that. Coming out as gay (then Queer) and squatting in Europe. Helped start Queeruption Anacho-DIY gatherings and Queer Pagan Camp in 1998 and still ongoing. activist in gay rights and social justice. set up food kitchens/community gardens in New York (food not bombs) Amsterdam and London. Involved in more social change initiatives than i feel like listing; most recent ones are transition towns, food hubs (Organic Lea, Bonnington cafe, Fareshares) and Incredible Edible Lambeth, Tasting the Future and Paradise Project.
I manage presentations, talks, consultation and workshops for small groups and a variety of organisations. My focus is directed towards unique methods of communication; presenting novel ideas in good food, grow-your-own and sustainability, this is about empowering the individual and community.
As part of my ethos I continue to devote a large part of my life to developing and building local community networks. This means being extensively involved in resident let politics and maintaining a commitment to green initiatives; indeed I see it as vital that my stakehold in society means I participate fully.
In all my work, as in life, my ultimate goal is to "aspire to inspire"; with good intent and a happy heart.
Areas of Expertise
An idea worth spreading
“A revolution in our relationship with food is the basis for a revolution in our relationships with each other and our connection with the planet.”
create food hubs: Place or places where individuals, groups and communities are empowered and encouraged to take control of their food production, distribution and consumption. Network: Forms of communication that support food hubs, independent food growers, producers and consumers within the wider community.
This means: Communication and Connection: Sustainable food, community building and civic engagement; recognising the value of shared commons. A viable movement that builds on and can be shared with other changemakers. Part of a greater web of inspiration that nurtures all. Celebrating creativity and innovation. Promoting a healthy start to life and a cycle of life that is based on respect, education and example. The next Green Revolution to feed the planet must be a local and human scale one, led by all as citizens of the pl
I'm passionate about
FOOD AND GROWING AS A FOCUS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AND BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER.
Talk to me about
food, growing, activism, creativity, art, community, social justice, sustainability, paganism, helathy planet, wildlife protection, alternatives.
My TED story
just found ted through friends, never been to a talk but watch many a video! often inspired and think its an awesome way to communicate!