Kay caught the travel bug at a young age, helped by her family – her parents, Alan and Gwyneth and her sister, Jill – who always loved to travel and experience new places. After a stint grape picking in France and working in Mallorca, Kay completed a degree in Latin American Studies which included living in Mexico for a year.
Her wanderlust has continued ever since, with many travels alongside her career which saw her spending over twenty years in education, teaching young people in schools and colleges a range of subjects: Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Business Studies and Travel and Tourism and even one year of Food Tech!
A big part of learning about and appreciating a culture is through tasting and experiencing the food and the part which it plays in society and its social life is fascinating. Kay discovered food tours in 2011 in Chicago, happening by chance upon Chicago Food Planet’s Bucktown tour. Finally, an experience that captured everything she loves to experience when visiting a new place. A knowledgeable local guide entertaining you with the stories behind the food and taking you to several places, many of which you would not have discovered by yourself, places with delicious dishes to taste. Not only that, but sharing it with others who share your love of food. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
In 2016, Kay developed an Appetite for Freedom. After years working in a high stress job, Kay decided to make the leap. Having experienced several food tours, – some much better than others – Kay was ready to introduce Harrogate, now her home, to the food tour. It had a thriving independent food and drink scene and a rich history and culture and so was an ideal setting. But Kay was determined the tour would be of a high quality and so looked to her first inspiration in Chicago. She decided to invest in a workshop which would lay down the basics of a food tour and travelled to Chicago in 2017 which led to the creation of Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours that same year.
That workshop saved her a lot of time and effort and costly mistakes and, along with continued post course support, allowed Kay to develop Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours. Since Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours started in 2017, the number of visitors has grown steadily and they have added a Vegan Tour, a York Tour and an Afternoon Tea Tour to their offering and this year, in collaboration with Nell at Leeds Food Tours and Lee at Mountain Goat respectively, they offer food tours in Leeds and the North York Moors. Kay has been joined by two more guides, Louise and Jill, and has met such lovely and interesting people along the way.
Kay has used her experience in writing and delivering courses along with her experience of running Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours to create a workshop which will help you develop your own food experience business. The course will give you the knowledge you need to start your own business and the post course consultancy can help you with ongoing support.