Hi – I am Dr Sue Bailey
Cambridgefoodies was started because food has been my lifelong passion both professionally and creatively. My aim is to educate, inspire, enthuse and support foodies in the Cambridge area and beyond.
I hope to help anyone who wants to learn, read about, eat, develop, produce or sell fantastic food or drink. I also have a guilty food secret – I like to dress up as the first TV celebrity chef Fanny Cradock and recreate her dishes as described in Waitrose Weekend July 2018.
Why Cambridgefoodies ?
I am an experienced food science lecturer working for over 20 years in research and education. I was until recently course director for a very successful MSc in Food Science at London Metropolitan University. I am currently associate senior lecturer teaching food product development at Masters level with student prize-winning eco-food designs.
I am a food science expert on Food Unwrapped for Channel 4 and am skilled at simplifying complex scientific concepts. I have recently appeared on BBC1 Rip Off Britain: Food looking at sugar free fizzy drinks and on ITV Save Money – Good Health evaluating herbal teas. I have also been a consultant for ITV Sugar Free Farm.
I contribute regularly to BBC local and commercial radio Cambridge 105 Flavour programme as a food commentator and presenter. I appear and demonstrate as the first female celebrity cook, Fanny Cradock at Food Festivals such as Eat Cambridge, and the Ginger and Spice Festival.
Food, Fanny and feminism
I am currently speaking and researching about the history of food science, food technology and feminism. I am a supporter of Women of Food and recently appeared at the Taste of London salon . I also collect food history books and domestic economy manuals.
For fabulous fun I perform as one of my heroines – Fanny Cradock who was the first female television celebrity cook. She was not a professed feminist but she was a a great supporter of making cooking fun for children and enlivened the drab post war food of the 1950’s and 1960’s with her colourful creations.
If you were not one of the lucky summer party guests at Fanny’s sell out event in May do come and bring the family to the Castle Hill Open Day event on Saturday 21st July. This is at the Museum of Cambridge where you can explore the history of jelly with Sue as Fanny Cradock – and find out how combining food and science can lead to loads of wobbly, fruit-flavoured fun in her practical demonstrations throughout the afternoon.
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. 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.This led me into working as a food and communications lecturer. My specialism was food science and food product development but I also taught food styling, consumer and broadcast food journalism.
University lecturing in London, 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 Cmbridge.
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, grow grapes, share an allotment and have just embarked upon the challenges of owning our first beehive.
My foodie passions are indulged by researching local food culture and aiming to cook, eat out and drink as frequently as my wallet allows and I am having so much fun!