Alex was born in Zimbabwe and came to the UK at the age of 8. She has been working in kitchens since the age of 14 after doing 2 weeks work experience in a hotel and getting paid for it and offered a job! Alex has never looked back.
Leaving school after GCSE's to get into the Kitchens full time. From Italian bistros to hotels to Michelin Starred kitchens including Raymond Blancs Le Manoir aux Quat Saison by the age of 18.
"18 hours a day, blood sweat and tear's at Le Manoir but I wouldn't change it for the world; "I worked every section in the kitchens and really learned my stuff with Raymond Blanc, assisting on a lot of demos with him and some TV stuff". But the best bits were the busy services where the sense of achievement at the end was the best feeling in the world. Whilst there I also cooked for the Queen Mother in a private house for her birthday, she was such an amazing lady and came to the kitchen after the meal to see us and talk about the food! After 4 years I had "done my time" and went on to work for John Campbell at The Vineyard. It was here that I realised that I had to choose between kitchens of this level and a life, when my now husband proposed I choose a life outside Michelin stars and we went on to run a "gastro pub" together as Davis is also in the trade. Turning a run down drinking mans pub that took £3000 a week into a food destination and family pub taking on average £12000 a week!"
After running my own "gastro" pub I went onto cooking fine dining dinners in peoples homes and high end private catering for weddings and special occasions with cookery lessons and demos becoming a big part of day to day life. Including 7 demos for the Llangollen food and drink festival with Charlie Dimmock. Amongst this I also started to give private cookery lessons and develop a real love of showing people not only how to cook but how to eat better to.
Realising she had a lot to give and a talent and flair for demos and teaching Alex decided to give up her catering company so she could work on this aspect. Alex and her husband went to Switzerland to run high end chalets in Klosters, looking after royalty and and Russian oligarchs and anyone who could afford the £40,000 a week price tag.
Now living in London Alex splits her time working for a Saudi Arabian family in their Regents Park mansion and developing Alex's Supper Club which has a mission to get 1 million people who don't cook, cooking 1 meal a day. This is done through cookery videos youtube, a blog and live events, also working with Riverford Organics doing events on their behalf to get people cooking and learning about food.
Since her brother Chris (28 years old) was killed in a cycling accident in August 2010 Alex is determined to teach as many people she can to cook and help them through food and nutrition and realises life is far to short to be shy and wait around and that she has to share her knowledge and passion with as many people as possible. All the videos she makes are dedicated to Chris for giving her the courage to follow her dream.
Alex is available as a Cookery Expert, Cookery Demonstrations, Cookery Presentations and is especially interested in documentary style programs and off the wall ideas for getting people cooking. Not afraid to challenge ideas and go the extra mile to help people.
Alex's Supper Club hubby's alternative fry up recipe!