Derbyshire Life - - Food & Drink -

From hum­ble be­gin­nings Kay puts her suc­cess down to a ‘life-long love of cook­ing,’ which sparked when she was a child. ‘My pas­sion for cook­ing evolved from be­ing sur­rounded by good whole­some home-cook­ing and bak­ing. Look­ing back on my child­hood, I re­mem­ber sit­ting around the kitchen ta­ble en­joy­ing meals cooked with in­gre­di­ents that had been for­aged, picked from our gar­den or sourced from the gar­dens and green­houses of neigh­bours and rel­a­tives. I was the lit­tle girl who loved to cook… of­ten watch­ing and help­ing Mum in the kitchen or sit­ting for hours flick­ing through her cook­ery books,’ she rem­i­nisces.

It wasn’t, how­ever, an easy start. ‘I lit­er­ally started The Quirky Cook from my home kitchen in Bor­rowash. It was a case of us­ing my own money and a few credit cards!’ Luck­ily the busi­ness quickly grew, and awards fol­lowed.

So, is she a chef or a cook? Rather than see­ing her­self in culi­nary terms, Kay would de­scribe her work as that of an artist. ‘I see my own set of skills as be­ing some­what sim­i­lar to a pro­fes­sional florist who has the in­stinct, flair and creativ­ity to mix to­gether in­di­vid­ual items to pro­duce a thing of great beauty. I trans­form nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents into some­thing very spe­cial and love to ex­per­i­ment with flavours and spices un­til I know I have achieved the wow fac­tor.’

Above:The Quirky Cook at work

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