Food blog­ger Tess Ward on her bed­side Bud­dha, con­fi­dence-boost­ing colours and flavour in­spi­ra­tions

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with food blog­ger Tess Ward

This jade and gold ring was passed down from my granny to my mum and then, about seven years ago, to me. I’m not overly sen­ti­men­tal, but it gives me a great sense of ground­ing, and con­nects me to the things that mat­ter – such as my fam­ily – ev­ery time I wear it.

My dad [Kit] first gave me Ac­qua di Parma’s Colo­nia fra­grance for Christ­mas about ten years ago. I’ve worn it ever since. It’s clean and fresh and it’s only when I’ve put it on that I feel as though the day has be­gun.

The two chefs I’m in­spired by the most are Nigel Slater, for his writ­ing, and Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi for his flavour com­bi­na­tions. They’ve taught me not to be shy about ex­press­ing my­self through food.

Red is my favourite colour. Put­ting on a piece of cloth­ing in red, such as this Boda Skins jacket, al­ways makes me feel con­fi­dent, ex­cited and ready for any­thing.

This Bud­dha, a gift from my mum, sits on my bed­side ta­ble (along­side a pho­to­graph of the Dalai Lama). It’s a daily re­minder to take a deep breath and check in with my­self, as it’s so easy to get dis­tracted by things that, per­haps, aren’t so im­por­tant.

Play­ing mu­sic by the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, James Tay­lor and Rickie Lee Jones al­ways re­minds me of sunny days at home, grow­ing up with my brother [Dashiell] and feel­ing happy as my mum [Kate] danced around the kitchen.

I was given this wooden pes­tle and mor­tar at the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer. After uni, un­sure about what to do next, I went on a Euro­pean road trip with my then boyfriend and re­alised that I wanted to do some­thing with food. I en­rolled on a Cor­don Bleu course and started my blog, The Yes Chef, in 2012.

I love play­ing around with colours, par­tic­u­larly th­ese Tom Ford shades, Scar­let Rouge and Casino. They make my lips look su­per kiss­able!

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