My name is Jane Fern and I live on the Banks of the River Dee in Heswall. I was born in London in 1961 and raised in Brighton. I developed an interest in cooking and experimenting with different ingredients at a very young age, despite the fact that the most exotic items in the average British supermarket were a pair of shrunken garlic bulbs in a small blue cardboard box !
I worked as a professional cook in 70s/80s Brighton for a variety of establishments, ranging from hip vegetarian cafes to upscale Cordon Bleu restaurants and even the occasional prince’s palace.
I am also a keen amateur grower and have been cultivating fruit and veg for nearly thirty years now. I started with an allotment in Shoreham-by-Sea and then eventually developed my own cottage gardens in Shropshire and Heswall. I grow all sorts of things but I mostly grow chillies, lots of chillies!