Welcome to our website !

About me, about the site and contact details

Why did I start this site? 

I started writing a few years back mostly posts in Google+ about my experiences cooking in a new country and sharing it with friends. In 2014 I had the pleasure of going on a culinary weekend to Copenhagen and I was blown away by the food scene there. It was then and there I decided that I wanted to share more about my passion for food and the passion others had and so Kitchen Exile was born.

Why the name Kitchen Exile?

I've always been passionate about food and wine. 
In 2004 I decided to take the professional chefs diploma at Leiths School of food and wine in London.  After that I briefly worked in restaurants and also private catering. I always felt though that it was really too late for me to start a proper career in the kitchen. As a result I guess, I am kind of self exiled from the restaurant kitchen. 
The name also refers to my experiences of cooking here in the Netherlands as an expat and that a lot of my cooking is outdoors on the barbecue rather than in the confines of the kitchen.

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 a typical 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 another kitchen appliance and they get good use all year round. 

A bit of background

My name is 
Thérèse, I'm originally from Ireland. I also spent 18 years living and working the UK and have been based in the Netherlands for several years now with my partner and our two cats. 

About this site

Kitchen exile was founded in 2014 and is focused on recipes which focus on local and seasonal ingredients
The author has won barbecue competitions at both Taste of Amsterdam and Big Green Egg Flavour fair festivals and was also the winner of Tasty Talent 2015, a national cookery competition. 
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