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Behind The Scenes At Eat Well

the Antidote to... the male-dominated world of food

Boy, or rather, girl (we were there in force) – we cooked up a storm at BBC Good Food’s first Eat Well Food Show recently. Whilst a couple of the healthy eating chefs and experts were men (Dale Pinnock, Phil Vickery) it was brilliant to see that it’s mostly women leading the eating well movement. And they’re on the pulse, the very healthy, strong pulse because we can’t get enough of healthy cookbooks (now comfortably well up the bestseller book lists).

I got to meet the freshest foodies on my own Interview Stage (or juicy gossip stage as it became known) getting the various authors to spill the beans on their particular culinary kudos. For instance, The Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock was at a loss with his acne, which started around the age of 10, until a friend’s mum lent him a book on nutrition and said “unless you change what’s happening on the inside….nothing will change on the outside”. And voila! Now look at his flawless complexion (he is also a handsome, no-haired chap, so a lot of flawless complexion to admire!).

Health and fitness guru Jenni Falconer, best known for her roles on everyone’s favourite ITV daytime show This Morning, admitted to playing it safe in the kitchen with healthy basics like grilled salmon and roast chicken, home cooked but no frills.

Highlights were my chats with:|

Nutritionist Amelia Freer, passionate about the power of food. She helps her clients  get into better more fulfilling food habits.

Social media pro and nutritionist Madeleine Shaw. Her food philosophy is all about enlivening the hottest, happiest and healthiest you.

Founder of RawChi Renee Maguire. Originally a classic chef, she embraced the raw movement when her sister was diagnosed with cancer. This dietary approach was intrinsic to her mother’s recovery from cancer.

Honestly Healthy and Honestly author (and daughter of renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen) Natasha Corrett was there talking alkalising (another type of eating, based on more alkaline foods).

Food editor Rachel De Thample wrote ‘Less meat more veg’. The well-researched intros to chapters on beef, lamb, pork and poultry briefly examine animal husbandry issues, giving clear advice on how to source higher-welfare meat that has a lower impact on the environment.

I ADORED meeting ultimate fashionistas and bestselling food authors Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (I have a serious foody crush on these two as you can tell by my vast experimentation with their cookbook). They were as inspiring in the flesh as they are on the pages of their addictive Hemsley + Hemsley recipe book.

To round it off, I had a real laugh with TV personality turned food author Davina McCall whose new book Five Weeks to Sugarfree is selling like hot cakes (boom boom), a pretty down to earth take on the wean off and reduction in scoffing as much white refined sugar (though the sweet treats in her book still have honey and maple syrup in so they’re not too worthy!). A self-confessed sugar addict, Davina was also inspired to clean up her act when her sister, like Renee’s, also lost her life to cancer. Davina has been sugar-free for five months.

All in all, a fab time talking FOOD glorious, healthy FOOD. See you next year?

 

Healthy eating - the book de jour
Healthy eating – the book de jour
The spectacular line up at Eat Well
The spectacular line up at Eat Well
With medicinal chef Dale Pinnock
With medicinal chef Dale Pinnock
with Honestly Healthy, Natasha Corrett
with Honestly Healthy, Natasha Corrett
With nutritionist Amelia Freer
With nutritionist Amelia Freer
Dynamic Due - The Hemsley sisters
Dynamic Due – The Hemsley sisters
The book of the moment
The book of the moment
My version of Hemsley & Hemsley Moroccan stew
My version of Hemsley & Hemsley Moroccan stew
and chicken curry and watercress soup...
and chicken curry and watercress soup…
and my own Hemsley Paradise bars in the making
and my own Hemsley Paradise bars in the making
Chocolate art....
Chocolate art….
Hemsley Paradise Bars...
Hemsley Paradise Bars…
Spot the difference...my Paradise bars...
Spot the difference…my Paradise bars…
me and Davina - the sugar-free ball of energy!
me and Davina – the sugar-free ball of energy!

Boy, or rather, girl (we were there in force) – we cooked up a storm at BBC Good Food’s first Eat Well Food Show recently. Whilst a couple of the healthy eating chefs and experts were men (Dale Pinnock, Phil Vickery) it was brilliant to see that it’s mostly women leading the eating well movement. And they’re on the pulse, the very healthy, strong pulse because we can’t get enough of healthy cookbooks (now comfortably well up the bestseller book lists).

I got to meet the freshest foodies on my own Interview Stage (or juicy gossip stage as it became known) getting the various authors to spill the beans on their particular culinary kudos. For instance, The Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock was at a loss with his acne, which started around the age of 10, until a friend’s mum lent him a book on nutrition and said “unless you change what’s happening on the inside….nothing will change on the outside”. And voila! Now look at his flawless complexion (he is also a handsome, no-haired chap, so a lot of flawless complexion to admire!).

Health and fitness guru Jenni Falconer, best known for her roles on everyone’s favourite ITV daytime show This Morning, admitted to playing it safe in the kitchen with healthy basics like grilled salmon and roast chicken, home cooked but no frills.

Highlights were my chats with:|

Nutritionist Amelia Freer, passionate about the power of food. She helps her clients  get into better more fulfilling food habits.

Social media pro and nutritionist Madeleine Shaw. Her food philosophy is all about enlivening the hottest, happiest and healthiest you.

Founder of RawChi Renee Maguire. Originally a classic chef, she embraced the raw movement when her sister was diagnosed with cancer. This dietary approach was intrinsic to her mother’s recovery from cancer.

Honestly Healthy and Honestly author (and daughter of renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen) Natasha Corrett was there talking alkalising (another type of eating, based on more alkaline foods).

Food editor Rachel De Thample wrote ‘Less meat more veg’. The well-researched intros to chapters on beef, lamb, pork and poultry briefly examine animal husbandry issues, giving clear advice on how to source higher-welfare meat that has a lower impact on the environment.

I ADORED meeting ultimate fashionistas and bestselling food authors Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (I have a serious foody crush on these two as you can tell by my vast experimentation with their cookbook). They were as inspiring in the flesh as they are on the pages of their addictive Hemsley + Hemsley recipe book.

To round it off, I had a real laugh with TV personality turned food author Davina McCall whose new book Five Weeks to Sugarfree is selling like hot cakes (boom boom), a pretty down to earth take on the wean off and reduction in scoffing as much white refined sugar (though the sweet treats in her book still have honey and maple syrup in so they’re not too worthy!). A self-confessed sugar addict, Davina was also inspired to clean up her act when her sister, like Renee’s, also lost her life to cancer. Davina has been sugar-free for five months.

All in all, a fab time talking FOOD glorious, healthy FOOD. See you next year?