My guest this week on Desert Island Dishes is Ryan Riley.
Ryan is a food writer, stylist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Life Kitchen which offers free cookery classes across the UK to people living with cancer. Life Kitchen devises recipes for those on chemotherapy and teaches them to cook, despite the loss of taste.
Last year he opened his own physical cookery school in Sunderland. Ryan has a contacts book that most culinary professionals would give anything for. His friends and supporters include the biggest names from the world of food from Nigella Lawson to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver, all of whom are champions and fierce supporters of Life Kitchen.
Ryan has written a book of the same name in which he shares innovative recipes which bring the pleasure of eating back to people living with cancer. This came out earlier this year and now his second cookbook, A Life Kitchen Christmas has been released – with more than 20 recipes both quick and easy to do and is free to order from his website.
“EVERY ONE OF MY CULINARY HEROES ARE NOW SUPPORTERS OR FRIENDS – IT’S A BIT BONKERS, REALLY. I THINK IT’S BECAUSE CANCER DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE – YOU CAN BE RICH, POOR, FAMOUS OR NOT AND IT CAN GET YOU ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. IF YOU’RE TOUCHED BY IT – IF YOU HAVE A FRIEND WITH IT, OR IF YOU HAVE IT YOURSELF – THEN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S LIKE”
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