Amy Rowan left home at 18, armed with a charity shop cookbook and a pot of paprika.
Over the years, she taught herself to cook and also developed her love of Arabic flavours and spices. Now she is putting both those passions to good use by launching a supper club with partner Lee Buckley.
“Friends have been telling me for years that I should do something with my flair for cooking,” says Amy, of Nether Edge. “Then I started reading about supper clubs and thought ‘I can do that’!”
Her opportunity came when a friend, who is part of the Regather Trading Co-operative, suggested she use their kitchen and social space to host a club – and the Souk Kitchen was born.
The first one, which takes place on Saturday, will be a five-course North African-inspired vegetarian feast, served family style at £20 a head, with organic wines for another £7. And if it proves a success, Amy plans to make it a regular event.
“It’s a kind of trial run,” she says. “But I’m happiest when I’m preparing food to share, so I hope this is going to be a very positive move for me.”
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