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About me, about the site and contact details

A bit of background

My name is 
Thérèse, originally from Ireland. I now live in the Poitou Charentes region in France with my partner and our two cats. 

I've always been passionate about food and wine. 
In 2004 I undertook the professional chefs diploma at Leiths School of food and wine in London.  After that I briefly worked in restaurants and also as a private chef. 

My cooking philosophy

I use seasonal and local produce when and where I can. I like to know that what goes on my plate is sustainable and that any meat I eat that the animal has had a good life. I buy from small farmers and from butchers that use ethical slaughtering methods. My values follow that of the slow food movement. 
My approach so barbecue is atypical in that I focus on more elevated dishes rather than old school barbecue (that's not to say I don't like old school). I see my barbecues and smoker as an extension of my kitchen and they get good use all year round. I have over 25 years barbecue experience using different methods, in the past 10 years my focus has mostly been on kamado style cooking.

About this site

Kitchen exile was founded in 2014.
Recipes have also been published in the Dutch Edition of Foodies Magazine, a national publication, and the UK National Newspaper, The Telegraph.
The author has also contributed to books such as Leon, Happy Curries, Hete Pepers and written the barbecue section for Vibrant West African cooking
I can be contacted on kitchenexile@gmail.com