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A shy sous chef (Rousse)

VJ had been contracted to cook for a couple of celebrity chefs on daytime television. I volunteered to chop the vegetables (off-camera, in the kitchen). Advertisements

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Find a man in 2016 (Rousse)

I couldn’t face another year of being single. My New Year resolution was to find a man. This time I would avoid anyone in the hospitality industry. My last boyfriend – though a chef of world renown – made a … Continue reading

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Child thieves adopt boy scout disguise in cash raids on Lake District hotels (Rousse)

On the final day of the conference in the Lake District I packed my bag, checked in online for my flight to Amsterdam, and then wandered down to the hotel dining room to ask for a sandwich (in French). Although … Continue reading

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The indignity of dining alone (Rousse)

After the formal proceedings were concluded, MLH and LC headed off with my hosts for their dinner. “You can eat over there” they said, signalling a restaurant at the other side of the road. I crossed over and pushed open … Continue reading

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Marrying a fictional gay chef (Belle)

In a chaotic ceremony, I married Ian Craig, a character in The Archers. I wore a crumpled second-hand gown, while Ian looked smart and handsome in his morning suit. With no photographer, I was relying on our guests to capture … Continue reading

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Stuart Maconie radio chef (Rousse)

I was Stuart Maconie’s right hand woman. My main role was to sit at his feet in the BBC studio in Salford next to Rosie the border terrier. The cat sometimes joined us on the floor, but more often she … Continue reading

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A supper of puffin pie (Rousse)

The chef grinned widely as I complimented her on the delicious pie. “What was in it?” I asked. “Puffin” she proudly replied. Just in case you were wondering, there are real puffin recipes.

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