Holly Redman is a woman on a mission– A mission to change the way that people view Paleo food. As a chef, nutritional therapist, and chemistry graduate, she is motivated by her desire to take an uninspiring dietary restriction and turn it into an absolutely mouthwatering way of eating.
Let’s hear Holly’s story from the lady herself!
As a coeliac (and more recently paleo dieter) married to someone with a dairy-intolerance I know just how frustrating eating out can be for people who avoid certain foods for health reasons. You feel like the Spanish inquisition just talking to the waiter, end up with a much reduced menu, and often have half the food removed from your plate because it isn’t suitable! So I wanted to create a hassle-free dining experience that embraced real food, creating dishes without processed ingredients and common allergens so that people on the paleo diet and other specialist diets could enjoy eating out again.
For the last 10 months I’ve been running Pure Taste Popup – a monthly restaurant event in Sussex in the UK specialising in creating gorgeous gluten-free and paleo-friendly food! The response has been phenomenal, each night getting booked up many weeks in advance. The only downside is that the events have proved so popular, I’m having to turn people away!
My dream is to move Pure Taste to London and open the UK’s first paleo restaurant, producing luscious dishes that are free-from dairy, grains, legumes, and refined sugar. I want to become the restaurant of choice for people following primal and paleo diets so my customers can dine out in style, safe in the knowledge that their food has been cooked in a dedicated space by someone who understands their needs. What’s more, I want to put paleo food firmly on the culinary map and prove that healthy doesn’t have to be a compromise by providing dishes that anyone would find delicious.
I’ve loved cooking ever since I can remember and spent lots of time as a child baking with my mum in the kitchen and helping to make dinner. But then college came along and I got somewhat swept up into academia, pursuing first A-levels and then attaining a first class degree in Chemistry, but I was never as happy in a lab as I was in a real kitchen. That’s why I branched out into nutrition – as a way to combine my passion for science and food. Now everything has come full circle again, I’ve retrained as a chef and I’m back in the kitchen, following my heart and realizing a dream. Pure Taste is a culmination of everything I love and my experiences so far. The chemist in me loves the challenge of working with unusual ingredients while the nutritional therapist and chef relish being able to create amazing dishes that even people without dietary restrictions will love to eat.
Over the last few months, I’ve been busy writing business plans, looking at properties and investigating funding options and I’m about 75% of the way towards opening the UK’s first paleo fine dining restaurant, but in order to be able to buy the specialist equipment I need and secure a great location with excellent transport links, I need a little bit extra, so I’ve launched the project on kickstarter – a website that allows people to put small amounts of money into the project in return for tasty rewards like cookbooks, cakes, meals and cookery workshops.
I’d be over the moon if you’d take the time to have a look at my pitch and join me on my journey. By supporting this project you’ll be helping me to achieve a lifelong dream as well assisting in the creation of a totally unique eating experience.
Want to get involved?
Instead of buying a restaurant gift card this holiday season, why don’t you help support someone who is truly passionate about their dreams. Head on over to Kickstarter to help Holly fulfill her hers. It’s a wonderful thing to do, and we know that Holly would be over the moon if you contributed.
She has until December 22nd, 2013 to reach her funding goal so hurry on over now and become apart of something worthwhile. Don’t you want to be able to say that you helped build the foundation for the first Paleo restaurant in the UK?