Photo credit: Paul Manning
Photo credit:Paul Manning Cambridgefoodies

Hi – I am Dr Sue Bailey

Why have I founded Cambridgefoodies?

Food has been my lifelong passion both professionally and creatively. I hope to inspire, enthuse and support foodies in the Cambridge area and beyond. In fact anyone who wants to read about, eat, develop, produce or sell fantastic food or drink.

Why Cambridge?

Cambridge has always been my home as I went to school here. I gained my first degree from Bristol University specializing in nutrition and food science. I then taught in Saffron Walden in Essex – not far from Jamie Oliver. London lured me to teach food science and technology in sixth form colleges. I also started food writing and  studied part time for an MSc in Public Health Education at Kings College, London University. In the vacation I worked as a troubleshooting cook and caterer and wrote  articles on health and food.

University lecturing then beckoned and working full time whilst bringing up two delightful daughters and doing a part time PhD kept me busy. However, many weekends were spent back in Cambridge.

Cooking squirrels

Fen skies, family, sheep and friends ensured  that one day I would permanently return.  Now we have moved back to Cambridge sans children and as replacement entertainment we have kept pigs, cooked squirrels, grown grapes, shared an allotment and have just embarked upon the challenges of owning our first beehive.

Why Cambridgefoodies ?

I  am an associate senior lecturer  teaching food product development at Masters level and have taught food styling, consumer and broadcast journalism.  Until recently I was the course director for a very successful MSc in Food Science at London Metropolitan University. I have developed short courses and advised many small food enterprises and undertaken food ingredients industry research.

As founder of Cambridgefoodies I am enjoying developing my media skills again and have recently appeared as a culinary history consultant on television for Great British Bake Off and as  a food science expert on Food Unwrapped for Channel 4, plus for ITV Save Money – Good Health on herbal teas. I am a regular radio contributor on the foodie hour for Flavour105 and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire food and drink hour with Chris Mann.

I am currently researching local food culture and collecting food history books and domestic economy manuals . My foodie passions are indulged by aiming to cook, eat out and drink as frequently as my wallet allows.

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