Welcome to my blog!

Have you ever considered changing careers into the food industry?

My journey to Spoons started in 2012.  I came 7th on MasterChef UK which gave me the confidence to consider changing my career and finally following my passion with a career in food.  Due to personal circumstances I decided to move to Belgium.  This added a complexity, as well as new challenges to the concept of changing my career.  In order to work with food in Belgium, I needed to complete a 3 year evening Chef diploma.   Alongside a day job, the diploma became the focus of my life, and I stopped blogging.

Originally the blog served to record my recipes and consider what I should do following MasterChef.  We are now 3 years on, I am a Scot living in Belgium, I have my Belgian Chef Diploma, I now have a Belgian husband, and we also have a beautiful farm in the Belgian countryside with the aim of setting up Spoons: a cooking school.  The farm is a ruin, and so requires a lot of renovation.  Its a work in progress. In the meantime, I still have a day job which is not in food, but I do the occasional celebration cake and catering opportunities.

The blog is a way to record my recipes, my food experiences and my journey for setting up Spoons.


17 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Emma, I have just discovered that an ex teaching colleague is your friend – Lisa Smolack. I have enjoyed following you on Masterchef and was so sorry that you did not get into the next round It must have been an amazing experience and you did fantastically well! Keep cooking, Emma.
    Best wishes, Ann Forsyth

    1. Ann – Thank you! Lisa is a very close and wonderful friend! It’s lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your support Ann. It was an amazing experience, and one that will be treasured for a long time! Even if profiteroles will haunt me forever 🙂

  2. Russell! There you are!! I notice that you do not give any instructions on how to chop an onion…
    Love you. Love your work.

  3. A tip of the hat to you Ma’am. I like your blog and have to tell you I actually am reading it and taking notes! Thanks too for following my blog. My other blog campfireshadows is made up of western short stories but sometimes I trow in them real heritage and trail cooking fact in for a treat. Take care now 🙂 JW

    1. Thank you! What kind words! Please let me know if you try any of the recipes – its great to hear how people find them. And yes, had a look at your blog – there are some nice recipes there – I must try some!

    1. Hi Dave! Thanks! Out of curiosity, how did you stumble across the blog? I’m currently trying to increase readership, and it would be interesting to know. I had a quick look at your blog- some really great ideas and recipes! I am sure I will be trying some soon!

  4. So happy to you came over to my blog to introduce yourself, I cannot wait to follow along with your story. Of course, being foodies (amateur) we love watching Masterchef, although I could never cook under such pressure, my husband is the real cook here, I just dabble and enjoy playing! Can’t wait to see more of the farmhouse and everything. Susan xx

    1. Thanks Annika, that is really nice of you to think so! I am slowly making the change. It takes time, but perseverance and love and passion for food keeps me going!! Thanks for checking out my blog! xx

  5. Hi Emma, Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading about your new adventures in farming, renovation and cooking. I might adapt your pineapple desert strategy to the abundance of quince that our current storm is blowing off of the tree.

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