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Jenny Chandler

Jenny Chandler is a teacher, cook book author and consultant with experience and knowledge that has been gleaned over years of eating, researching, travelling and working as a cook. She is passionate about inspiring others to source, prepare and eat great food. Jenny also maintains a blog, “I’ve Mostly Been Eating”, for those of us who just can’t get enough of her recipes and kitchen insights.

After training at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London Jenny spent a couple of years in America and Australia before joining an Italian yacht as the chef. Her love of Mediterranean cooking stems from the years spent onboard. The boat was based in Italy, Spain and France for long periods and then spent two years sailing around the world. She also has a close connection with Spain having studied Spanish and Catalan at university and lived in Barcelona for a while.Her work as a restaurant consultant for a small chain of boutique hotels gave her the opportunity to travel widely and research her two Spanish cookbooks. 

Jenny is determined, through teaching and writing, to introduce people to the delicious benefits of eating wholefoods such as grains and pulses, so integral to the Mediterranean diet. She was named European Ambassador for the UN year of pulses. Her book Pulse reflects her “more hip than hippi” take on the subject. Consuming less, but better quality, meat is something she advocates too.

Jenny teaches at her own school, Plum Cooking, in Bristol, at the Bertinet Kitchen in Bath, Divertimenti, Leith’s and Borough Market in London. Back at home the weekly “Monday Night Cooking Club”, where Jenny taught her nine year old daughter and friends to prepare supper spawned the idea for her latest cookbook Cool Kids Cook. 

She runs regular cooking sessions at her local primary school, has worked for Borough Market with the School Food Matters charity, cooking fruit and veg that children have grown in their schools, and has taught a class at Highgrove for the winners of the Prince’s gardening and cooking blog award.