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.
Cambridge has always been my home as I went to school here. I then trained as a teacher of home economics and gained my first degree specializing in nutrition and food science. I first taught in Saffron Walden in Essex – not far from Jamie Oliver. London then 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.
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.
Fen skies, family, sheep and friends ensured that one day I would permanently return. Now we have moved back sans children and as replacement entertainment we have kept pigs, cooked squirrels, share an allotment and have just embarked upon the challenges of owning our first beehive.
In the dim and distant past I worked as a troubleshooting cook and caterer and used to write magazine and newspaper articles on health and food. I have developed short courses for small food enterprises and undertaken food ingredients industry research.
But what is happening with Cambridgefoodies now?
I currently teach creative food recipe development and food product development 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.
As 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. Radio contributor on the foodie hour for Flavour105 Cambridge105 and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire food and drink hour with Chris Mann.
I am a writer, researcher and collector of food history books and domestic economy manuals currently more than 500 volumes. My foodie passions are indulged by aiming to cook, eat out and drink as frequently as my wallet allows.