COOK ALONG WITH CHEF MARY WILLS
06/04/2021 at 16:00 GMT
ABOUT MARY WILLS
Chef Mary is an Akron Ohio Native and graduate of The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan with extended studies in Northern Italy. She was apart of the inaugural program at the FCI - The Italian Emersion Experience. Creating has been her passion since day one and her early career consistently focused on learning everything she could about the culinary industry, both in the realm of top establishments in New York City and in Private Residences as a Personal Chef.
Prior to culinary school, Mary began her career as a personal assistant and Chef to a prominent family on Long Island in The Hamptons. Wanting to experience as much of living in the culinary capital of the world as possible, she spent the weekends off work in Manhattan and quickly became an integral part of the kitchen at Anthony Bourdains Flagship restaurant, Les Halles Brasserie. She continued her time at Les Halles while attending The French Culinary and this became her externship or stage
I am a Performance and Health Nutritionist (SENr register) running my own business ‘Nurture’, providing nutritional programmes in primary and secondary schools. At present, operating in the North West of England. This entails practical cooking sessions, one-to-one support, supermarket visits, recipes and workshops with pupils, parents and teachers educating them on the benefits of good nutrition by providing them the knowledge to make informed choices. Being ‘Healthy’ is seen to be a middle class preserve, meaning you need money to eat and lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of ‘Nurture’ is to dispel this by educating children and parents that your financial standing does not matter, that you can still lead a healthy lifestyle by following the mantra “Education from the roots up”.
I am, also, a sessional worker at ‘The Joshua Tree foundation’ providing nutritional support and cooking to children and families affected by cancer. This work directly links in with my research with researchers from Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill university’s and future research in applying nutrition and exercise strategies to positively alter body compositional changes during aftercare treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).