January 23

Tess Ward is a force of nature. The Cordon Bleu-trained chef published her first book The Naked Diet in 2016. She is always busy working making food and travel videos, hosting unique supper clubs, working with brands and sharing her favourite recipes. She might also be London’s most fashionable foodie and is well known for her impeccable taste when it comes to style. We got a chance to ask her a few questions and find out what she is excited about for 2019.


TI // If you had to choose your favourite recipe for the winter, what would it be?


I find myself gravitating towards slow cooker dishes in colder weather. The best are dishes that taste better as leftovers, like curry, stews and dahl. Beetroot and yoghurt curry and sweetpotato dahl are firm faves. It’s hard to choose an absolute fave dish, I get so inspired by my travels. I have just returned from Mexico and I’m still buzzing from the crispy fish tacos and breakfast chiquiles (a breakfast dish of crispy tortilla chips, cheese, a tangy tomatillo sauce and fried egg).


TI // If you could travel anywhere to make a video about food, where would you go and why?


I would say the authentic food of Southern India and Sri Lanka are the most interesting. It’s hard to get a lot of the grains and vegetables outside of these places and they are paramount to the success of great dishes — like the purple kurakkan bread, sambar with idli, egg hoppers and dosas, which are made with a fermented lentil batter. I think the richness of colour and abundance of vegetables in these cuisines and the way food is seen as integral to wellbeing, is inspiring.


TI //  What would your dream project be?


Without a doubt it would be focusing on poetry. I have long wanted to work on it more but I am still learning and growing. When the time is right perhaps I will focus on it professionally, who knows?



TI //  What advice would you give people looking to take a leap and create content in the wild world of food?


Stand strong to your image, beliefs and goals. Don’t allow yourself to be a puppet or lose your voice. If you do, your audience will know and you will resent a job that you began because you loved it.