Caroline Rye

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Caroline first got involved with Slow Food when she trained as a chef at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, taking a sabbatical from her then day job in project management. There she learnt to cook with some of the best produce Ireland has to offer. The experience of Ballymaloe and the Slow Food philosophy have continued to influence Caroline’s approach to food and cooking using simple, seasonal and good quality ingredients.

After Ballymaloe Caroline joined the Slow Food Convivium in Edinburgh and later chaired the group for 3 years from 2014-2017. During that time Caroline was involved in many Slow Food campaigns at a local and national level, promoting the enjoyment of food and the best of Scottish produce. She was also one of the UK delegates at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in 2014, carrying the UK flag at the opening ceremony. The experience of Terra Madre and the people she met and learned from there made her even more determined to campaign for good, clean and fair food back in Scotland.

Caroline is passionate about food education and equipping people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to cook for themselves and their families for life. She has taught cookery classes in Edinburgh and been involved in many community food projects using her culinary, project management and communications experience.

Following Ballymaloe Caroline has worked as a freelance chef and food writer, as well as working in the seafood industry where she developed seafood recipes for the UK consumer market. It was this experience that led her to set up her business The Urban Fishwife, providing seafood content and consultancy, alongside teaching, writing, private dining and all things seafood. Caroline is passionate about getting more people to eat sustainable seafood and eating more of the wonderful fish and shellfish to be found in our seas and coastline.

She is a supporter of Slow Fish and is keen to help keep our local coastal communities and traditional fishing methods alive. She believes learning the basic cooking skills to enjoy seafood are essential and key to empowering people with the knowledge and confidence they need to enjoy good food. Originally from Great Dunmow in Essex, she lives in Edinburgh with her husband and daughter.


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