What have you done since leaving Putney?
Wow, where to start! I left Putney knowing I was really practical and loved getting stuck into things. Food had always been a passion of mine (walking past the original ‘Ottolenghi’ in Notting Hill and seeing the humungous meringues with freeze dried raspberries did it for me!) so I embarked on the one-years Diploma at Leiths school of Food & Wine. It was amazing – I learnt everything from knife skills to lobster bisque, but what really stuck with me were the wine sessions taught through an elected tutor from the Wine & Spirit Education trust (WSET). On leaving Leiths I knew I wanted to follow this love of wine and ended up at Plumpton College studying the BSc in Viticulture & Oenology.
Leiths and Plumpton taught me a real love of authentic products and respect for natural raw ingredients and also, all the ways in which we manufacture things we eat/drink (or put inside us!) totally unnecessarily. After several years working as a food and drinks buyer (which I LOVED!), I knew I had to do something where I could use the skills I had developed but also make a difference.