Christine Espley has worked as a chef and caterer for thirty-something years. When not working with Go Provence she goes on tour with bands and musical artistes around the UK and Europe. She has owned two restaurants and worked a summer as ship’s cook on the heritage training ship “Svanen” at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Bygdøy, Norway. She has spent some years in both Norway and France, and currently lives in London.
Gardening is a chief hobby, jostling for space with reading, socialising with family and friends, walking, gigs and concerts, music, film and theatre.
Christine has City & Guilds qualifications in Catering for the Hospitality Industry levels 1 & 2; City & Guilds Communications level 2 and Higher Certificate in Food Hygiene and Handling of Food, recently updated to Level 2 Food Hygiene for Catering.
A few questions to Christine
What motivates and inspires you?
Finding the food to delight and fuel the recipient, whatever their dietary needs or preferences. Working with people from every background and learning their stories fascinates me, as does the natural world; flora, fauna, geography and history.
What are your strengths?
In every sphere of my work I enjoy the problem-solving aspects, and Go Provence is no different. It is linked to hating waste and trying to step lightly on the planet, using ingenuity and whatever falls to hand to overcome challenges. I like to hope I work hard and will pitch in wherever I can be of use.