Carolyn’s Inspirational Story Summary:
At the age of seven I visited Buckingham Palace. I vividly remember peering through the railings in the hopes of getting a glimpse of The Queen, (in the same way as many millions of tourists have done.) It was at this time that I told my father that one day I would like to cook for the Queen; never for a minute imagining that just 14 years after that I would be a young chef living and working at Kensington Palace! This was an adventure of mammoth proportions which afforded me experiences that were way beyond my wildest dreams. During the course of the next 13 years I cooked for every member of the British Royal family, many a president and an array of celebrities. I cooked in royal palaces and castles throughout the UK and in such far-flung corners of the world as Bhutan, Brazil, Kathmandu and Kuwait and also on the majestic royal yacht, HMY Britannia.
My culinary journey began as I gained my diploma in Cordon Bleu Cookery with distinction. This lead me into The Royal household and after an interview with Princess Diana I became personal chef to TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales. This was a position that required a lot more than simply a passion for great food. Managing several kitchens, an enthusiastic team, a budget, a diversity of suppliers and producers and a complex schedule of travel were all part of the remit. These skills teamed with a strong sense of dedication, motivation and an ability to overcome challenges have opened the doors to opportunities around the globe. Dubai and California presented contrasting insights into the corporate side of the culinary industry; whilst simultaneously I became a fitness instructor and triathlete. I have been married, widowed and am now hugely privileged to be a single parent.
I will share with you my story; the adventures and the adversity. I will discuss the strategies I use and the strengths I have needed to overcome challenges and fulfill my dreams.