Jane started cooking whilst at Leeds University and decided to take it up as a career.

She was lucky enough to work for George Perry Smith at Riverside in Helford, followed by a stint at The Carved Angel in Dartmouth under Joyce Molyneux, whom she sites as one of her major influences.

Her time at The River Café in London also gave her invaluable experience and started her love of all things Italian. After working in various London establishments Jane went “off Piste “to the South Pacific where she worked and lived for 7 years.

On her return she started working for Riverford, first setting up the staff canteen, then local school meals  and finally was responsible for the style of food and service at the Field Kitchen along with Sam.

Jane also wrote the recipes for the two Riverford Farm Cook books – the first of which gained two Guild of Food Writers awards.

Recently she has written Leon Fast Vegetarian and has a regular column with Henry Dimbleby in the Saturday Guardian Cook.

She has just finished Leon Happy Salads which will be available in May and is working on Leon ‘Free From’. She also contributes to the Liz Earle Quarterly Magazine.

Jane is now living in Kingsbridge with her son David, when she’s not in Puglia!

Jane’s menus are simply marvellous, she and Sam make a winning team!
— Gina Carter
 
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