Deborah combined her interests as a lifelong passionate foodie with a keen interest in a raw plant-based diet to found www.deliciously-raw.co.uk.
After working in the creative sector for 25 years she followed her dream to train as a chef at the Matthew Kenney Culinary School. After completing the Advanced Raw and Living Cuisine Qualification, she returned to the US to complete the Professional Applications programme before moving on to Matthew’s restaurant, The Gothic, Maine.
She wants to break the myth that raw food is about eating boring salad and show you can enjoy fabulously indulgent plant-based food with many nutritional benefits.
Deborah is a qualified organisational consultant, coach and group facilitator holding an MSc Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the University of Surrey. This may seem surprising but this is at the heart of Deborah’s practice as a chef and a trainer she doesn’t leave these skills at the door when working in the kitchen.
With every healthy plant-based bite that we eat, we are committing to making a change to our health and wellbeing. This becomes easy when the food that we make holds our interest and is also delicious. It is also easier when the food we eat perhaps resembles favourite cooked foods we have previously enjoyed and that we have an emotional connection to – that we associate with a happy time when we were growing up, a fabulous holiday or something that we eat to lift us if we are having a bad day. We can update these familiar foods to healthy plant based versions to suit our current sensibilities.
We are social creatures and eating and sharing food is central to our culture and something that we can revel in. It’s sensual. It can be seductive. It sustains us. It can act as an emotional reward as well as a cultural reference point. It can be all those things and more, but it has to taste good and look good to have any kind of longevity as a lifestyle cuisine.
Deborah is a regular food writer for the award winning website Great British Chefs www.greatbritishchefs.com
Deb’s classes were shortlisted for the Best Short Cookery Course in the UK and Ireland in 2012.
Deborah is a member of the Values Centre and a Registered Cultural Transformation Tools™ Consultant abiding by their ethical code. She holds the Four Fields Foundation Mark from the Institute of Transactional Analysis and a Certificate in Life Writing Narratives from the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford.