& HOLISTIC CHEF
Holistic Chef Services
Over a period of 15 years, I have cooked for everything from yoga holidays, intensive retreats, teacher trainings, business coaching retreats, fitness bootcamps and healthy holidays, meditation/silent retreats to Ayahuasca ceremonies. My journey to becoming a retreat chef came through first being a participant myself.
As a yoga practitioner and teacher that has attended many retreats over the years, I became fascinated and curious about working with food as part of my practice. This I believe, gives me an insiders insight. It helps me bring another quality and dimension to the meals that I create.
What I offer is retreat catering with a difference, that is so much more
than simply ‘healthy’ food.
Embracing natural ingredients, bringing influence from travel, culture and tradition, integrating western nutrition and eastern approaches, I work mindfully and from the heart. The food I prepare not only tastes great, it nourishes and brings joy, inspires and educates.
I choose to work with people who are not afraid to go the extra mile. People that understand the importance of food on retreats and who want to offer their guests an exceptional experience.
If you like the sound of what I do and would like to work with me on your retreat then please get in touch, I would love to hear from you. Together we can design menu’s that are fully supportive of your retreat and aligned with the practices on offer.
Through my experience as a retreat chef, I have developed a Retreat Chef Training programme. These courses are for chefs and keen cooks who already, or who want to, work on retreats. It is also highly beneficial for venue owners, teachers and course facilitators. The 8th training will be held in France, April 24th to 1st May, 2021. More details can be found here.
*To hire me as a retreat chef for your event, please contact me here.
For any events other than retreats please contact me directly here. I travel globally.
Working one to one with someone who is committed to their health and self growth is one of the most rewarding parts of my work. No matter where anyone is at in their lives, if the desire is there to flourish then remarkable things can happen.
In these sessions I help you focus on what it is that works for you, what brings you joy or make you feel the most alive, your creative intuitive self and being able to trust you own unique inner wisdom.
Discovering what really works for you and discarding that which doesn't is empowering and liberating. Taking the time to nourish ourselves with daily practices such as yoga, meditation, time outdoors, conscious breathing, self care techniques and eating a well balanced 'clean' diet gives us a strong basis from which to thrive in our daily lives.
• One to one sessions are via Skype and last for 1 hour and cost £65
• I offer a free 30 minute consultation prior to our first session
• Discount on a series of 4 sessions
• Free copy of The Holistic Kitchen Ebook
Consultancy, Recipe Development & Chef Training
Are you a catering company, restaurant or other food provider and want to understand more about how to offer healthier options and cater for the growing number of allergies and intolerances?
Are you a retreat centre that wants to understand more about the kind of food expected on retreats and how to provide top quality catering services tailored to your guests?
Are you currently a chef but want to upgrade your skills and expand your knowledge and repertoir?
Are you a health conscious cook and would like to deepen your understanding or even become a holistic chef?
The world of food is changing. People are waking up and are gradually demanding clarity, quality and ethical value from the food they are buying and eating. Chefs and catering suppliers need to respond to the face of such change, as the consumer of the future is food smart and health conscious.
My chef training programmes can be completely tailored to your needs, whether you are an individual, small business or large corporation. I can provide you with all the information, recipes, tips, techniques and theory behind the world of healthy 'clean' foods, how to cook gluten, sugar and dairy free, how to create incredible vegan and plant based dishes and how to prioritise health and nutrition whilst creating delicious appetising meals for your customers.
I have over 25 years experience in the catering industry in everything from pubs, restaurants, cafes, schools, hospitals, markets, hospitality and festivals. I have worked every job from pot washer and waitress to sandwich maker, chefs assistant, head chef and kitchen manager. I never trained as a chef and have learned my craft from getting in there and doing the job, learning from many of the incredibly gifted and knowledgeable chefs and nutritionists I have met along the way. I came to the world of 'health' and food through my own journey and in particular the practice of yoga which bought to my attention the importance of what and how we eat and how it fundamentally affects who we are.
Through my experience in consulting, recipe development and chef training I have worked with well known companies in the field of health, food and retreats. I have developed recipes for a best selling book, trained the head chefs of hotels in London and Mauritius, had influence in refining the food offered by two of the UK's leading retreat companies and facilitated chef training for yoga retreat centres in Goa and Italy.
Exclusive Bespoke Retreats
For only five times per year I am offering exclusive two day tailor made home retreats designed to focus solely on YOUR needs, with the potential to go deeper than any group retreat can go. These weekends will leave you equipped with powerful tools and practices to take into day to day life.
Over two days we will look at:
• food, nutrition and holistic cookery
• yoga, functional movement, qi gong for health and wellbeing, meditation and time to just be
• making time for natural self care practices
• looking at natural alternatives for toiletries, cosmetics and household products
• menu planning, recipes, resources
• creating scared spaces in the home
• addressing any key lifestyle changes that wish to be made
• finding balance and harmony in day to day life
There are 3 packages to choose from:
Getting Started & Transitioning
Detox & Yoga Weekend
"Hayley’s food is delicious, satisfying, varied and looks beautiful. Wholesome food can be a bit dull, but this is the opposite – exotic, scrumptious and mouth-watering. It is wonderfully fresh with nothing processed or remotely unhealthy. Some kitchens are frantic, but clients attending our retreats have commented on the serene atmosphere when Hayley is working. Her organisation is excellent – everything is taken care of from start to finish including managing the main dining room, additional takeaways, behind the scenes stock levels etc - while at the same time skilfully adapting to our customers' needs.”
Nikki Escott, Retreat Manager UK
"Working with Hayley as been a pleasure and inspiration on all levels. She is highly professional and comes up with ideas that are just completely mouth watering."
"Working with Hayley was quite inspirational; she creates the most beautiful looking and fabulous tasting dishes and her passion for nutrition and love for her ingredients literally shines through her food. As a nutritionist it was fantastic working with such a well informed, collaborative chef. Food is such an integral part of a retreat and Hayley manages to combine all the important elements needed to support the client' experience, enthusiastically sourcing local food, integrating her raw food knowledge, fulfilling all the nutritional criteria and then creating the most gorgeous, visually exciting looking plates of food that completely lived up to all our expectations on the taste front. All in all I would say that Hayley is the perfect chef to work with."
Melanie Brown, Nutritionist, The Healthy Holiday Company
"After a week on retreat eating Hayley's food, I felt more balanced and nourished than I could remember. I decided to have 1-2-1 Skype coaching sessions with Hayley to integrate new, nourishing eating habits into day to day life at home.
Hayley took into account all my personal circumstances to help devise something that would work for me. Through ongoing sessions she answers my questions and concerns, and supports me to take it at a pace that works for me, making the changes gradually. There's so much information out there, and Hayley helps separate fact from fiction. She's provided me with a mixture of meal plans, ideas and recipes - whatever is required for me to evolve my healthy eating habits!
I love how Hayley is a true holistic chef, taking many factors into account and supporting me to find what works for me. Her compassionate approach makes the process such a joy!"
Nathalie Joel Smith,
Yoga Teacher, London
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