For years now I have been craving a home for what I do, the the food I make, for the things I love and to champion the people I love and respect. While I love being in my home and my kitchen and being present at home for my little boy, I’ve been feeling more and more like I need a creative home for the food I make, to collaborate with the people I love and respect.
I often work on my own when I am cooking, some days it’s just what I need and I get in the zone and some days I hanker after a second opinion, someone to bounce ideas off. So I am so happy to say that after years of searching and weeks of renovations Narroway Studio is open.
Narroway is a creative food space and photography studio in the heart of Hackney. It is a collaboration between photographer Issy Croker, stylist and art director Emily Ezekiel and me. We’re great friends and have been working in together in food and the visual arts for over a decade.
I am so excited to be doing this with these two brilliant women: Emily, a best friend who has been on the adventure of food, books and friendship with with me for the last ten years and worked with me in my days as a food stylist. Emily is brilliant, endlessly creative and she takes no shit. Issy is another dear friend, incredible photographer and all-round creative force and from wine to Queer Eye, is a woman of impeccable taste. Issy has shot my Guardian column and countless other projects with me over the last four years. We have all dreamt of having a space for years, so to be in it and using it to cook and write and shoot is nothing short of magic.
As well as using it as our home, where I will write, test and develop recipes we will also be hosting creative workshops with us and friends we love, supperclubs from me and other chefs from London and beyond. First up are a series of charcoal sketching dinners with our good friend Rosie Ramsden (contact her for more info) and a supperclub with chef Elizabeth Haigh and sommelier Honey Spencer, as well as our very first Food Styling workshop which is very nearly sold out. The studio is also available for hire.