More than just a meal: Yumzee comes to Birmingham.


Ever been to someone’s house and said wow that’s good food. You should cook for others. Well it seems you can.

There is a food revolution cooking up in the kitchen near you and it’s being served in Birmingham. 

Yumzee has launched. 

Yumzee is a new way of social dining and connects people who love to cook, with those who love food, in great company and in a unique and authentic home experience. Think ‘AirBnB meets Come Dine With Me’.

After being a big trend in Paris social dining has finally come to Brum too. 

Those of us who are passionate about cooking can become hosts and create a meal, be it a dinner party, Sunday brunch or cocktail tasting. The host chooses the date, sets the number of places at the table, creates the menu, and sets the price for the meal. 

Those of us who love to eat can sign up to the meal, show up to the host’s home, meet new wonderful people and enjoy. Et voilà – you host or attend your very own supper club.

Vegetarians are catered for at most meals and there are  invitations to set up complete veggie and vegan meals. 

Yumzee is a fantastic new way to meet like-minded people and enjoy a new and authentic experience in one of the hosts’ comfortable homes. A chance to bond over one of the most basic yet enjoyable experiences in life, food. 

Yumzee have hosted many meals already where people started as strangers and left as friends.

One of their guests has said: ‘’I can’t believe how nervous I was when I first rang the doorbell, compared to how sad I was when it was time to say goodbye. It was a really great bunch of people, and I really didn’t want the night to end. What a difference to my normal Friday night take away!‘’

Get involved and take your passion to the next level or to meet likeminded people over great food. 

Join us for A Taste of Home (Indian), L’art de Vivre (French Fusion) or a traditional Sunday Dinner.

So check Yumzee out and get involved.

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊


The Ethical Chef and The Green Gathering Festival 2014

I encountered The Ethical Chef only a few weeks via Twitter and then through his superb website

The Ethical Chef was created in 2010 by Deri Reed. A chef specialising in vegetarian cuisine and one extremely passionate about food, health and the environment.

Born in Carmarthen near Cardiff, Deri Specialises in organic veggie cuisine, he is the ‘chef du jour’ and creates ingenious Welsh recipes from the ingredients on his doorstep in Cardiff. He was trained at Veggie restaurant Cafe Paradiso in Cork, Ireland, and offers a Supper Club for £17.50 for three courses which is available at select venues throughout the year in Cardiff and at Festivals and featured at Cradiff’s street food festival and Abergavenny food festival.

He can also be booked for weddings, events, food festivals and can be seen at Cardiff’s riverside market Sundays 10-2pm.

The Ethical Chef use compostable and biogradable packaging and plant starch cutlery which minimalises our impact on the environment. Deri sees the reduction of food waste as imperitive to a balanced environment and vegetarianism is key to this.

For his recipes and supper clubs he uses seasonal, organic and local where possible ingredients to create sumptious vegetarian and vegan food.

The Ethical Chef appeared at Glastonbury 2014 and created dishes such as foraged fruit in an elderflower syrup on yogurt and museli and an organic smoked chilli on a bed of herbed bulgar wheat, Glastonbury chedder and Yeo Valley yogurt with fresh corriander.

These dishes won The Ethical Chef the peoples choice Green Traders of Glastonbury 2014 award, a major achievement via Twitter.

They will be there again next year to cook up a storm.


The best part of The Ethical Chef website in my opinion is the directory of recipes that make up the Vegetarian ethos of Dewi Reed.

These recipes are available on or many of them are available on You Tube.

Some of my favourites are

1. Vegan Carrot Cake recipe:

2. Vegan Courgette Cake: courgette cake

3. Butter Bean Cassolet:

4. Glastonbury Chilli:

There are many others on the website and online.


The Ethical Chef will be appearing at the forthcoming
Green Gathering Festival from the 31st July-3rd August 2014 in Chepstow, Monmouthshire. Wales.

The Green Gathering are a charity that promotes education for sustainability powered by wind-sun-people.

It’s a small festival focusing around all the things that The Ethical Chef stand for. They will be feeding all the hungry people with a supper club throughout the festival. It’s an award winning family friendly festival

For ticketing information and pricing see the website

For the line up and what’s on see also the website or see twitter for the latest news.

The supper club will be vegetarian and vegan three courses for £17.50.

They will also be serving up CoalTown coffee roasters fair trade organic single origin coffee.

The work of the Ethical Chef is in my opinion to be applauded in our society today. The ethos and attitude, to all things green and to vegetarianism and veganism is singled out in the lovely recipes and awards that Dewi and his team have received.

It would be great to see one of The Ethical Chef’s supperclubs come to The Midlands and maybe Birmingham, well hopefully one day that will happen:)

For further details of the work of The Ethical Chef see the website or twitter @TheEthicalChef