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Life Kitchen is a not-for-profit cookery school for people with cancer, focused on taste and flavour. It is run by co-founders Ryan Riley, author, cook and food stylist, and Kimberley Duke, recipe developer, trained chef and food stylist.

During chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatment, a lot of patients lose or experience changes to their sense of taste. This is a really difficult side effect that can make mealtimes difficult and isolating. This is something people with Covid-19 have also been affected by. We’re here to change that.

We want to to help everyone affected by taste loss enjoy food again.

Life Kitchen is backed by science. We are advised by Professor Barry Smith, the founder of the Centre for Study of the Senses. Professor Smith guides the Life Kitchen team on our recipes and ingredients so that people living with an altered sense of taste get enjoyment out of food. More recently we have also been working with AbScent’s founder Chrissi Kelly, who has given us great insight into the effects of Covid-19 on smell and smell loss alongside Dr Duika Burges Watson from Altered Eating.

Your donations help us to continue to provide free information and classes to people experiencing changes to their taste and smell as a result of cancer and Covid-19 . It helps us put joy back on the menu for people struggling at mealtimes.

In 2021 we would like to be able to bring on board a new teacher to help us deliver more classes across the UK, as well as raise awareness of the issues people with taste loss experience. We also want to  continue to develop delicious recipes to help people enjoy food again.

As a not-for-profit, we are reliant on grants and donations to keep Life Kitchen running, so we greatly appreciate any contributions.




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Mowbray Park Lodge South
Mowbray Park, Toward Road
Sunderland SR2 8DP

Covid-19 - Life Kitchen Cookery

At Life Kitchen the welfare of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance. After taking trusted advice from Public Health England and other government bodies with regard to COVID-19, it is with regret that we will be re-scheduling all upcoming classes until a later date.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions by emailing, and please do sign up to our mailing list to get further updates.

Recipes to revive the joy of taste & flavour

Shaun Riley | Operations Director

Shaun is operations director for Life Kitchen and has a commercial background in social housing, media and health care. Shaun heads up our northern operations at Mowbray park lodge.

Contact Shaun about Mowbray Park lodge, northern classes and events at

Kimberley Duke | Ceo - Culinary director

Co-founder of Life Kitchen, Kimberley is a trained chef, who is deeply passionate about food, flavour and all things taste related. Kimberley also heads up research and development.

Contact her for all things partnership, collaboration and food at