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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Vegan meals go on the road with Dearham businesswoman

Dearham businesswoman and committed vegan, Sarah Asquith-Vallance has embarked on a new mobile cooking venture.


The Botanical Chef uses only plant-based ingredients and is aimed at vegetarians, vegans and people with special dietary requirements, such as coeliacs and those with other food intolerances.

Sarah, 32, of Central Road, offers a personal chef service, dietary awareness consultancy, cooking parties, demonstrations and team-building days throughout Cumbria.

She said: “I have helped out quite a few businesses, including Lucifer’s in Workington, who wanted to expand their menus to cater for people on specialist diets.

“I can help people who have been diagnosed with a food intolerance by going food shopping with them and creating suitable dishes.

“It is about giving people the tools to help themselves rather than being at the mercy of dietary problems.

“The personal chef service can also be used by anyone who cannot cook for themselves and I can prepare enough meals for them to last three or four days.”

Sarah hopes to do demonstrations at local events and for local businesses and recently took part in a vegan cooking roadshow with Heather Mills in Carlisle.

She said: “I became vegan a number of years ago and my husband is coeliac, so it is difficult for us eating out.

“Talking to other people in the same situation I could see there was a need for something like this.

“Times are changing and being vegan is not seen as such a radical way of eating, it is quite mainstream.”

For more information, visit www.thebotanicalchef.co.uk

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