A lot of what we think about as flavour is actually about smell. Strawberries are a good example of this – if you hold your nose and eat a strawberry, you won’t taste a strawberry, but when you stop holding your nose, the strawberry-odoured-molecules reach your smell cells in your nose and you’ll taste the strawberry! In the classes, we will teach you about the interesting and tasty world of scent.

Why does this help?

A lot of people don’t realise just how closely scent and taste are linked. By adding more perfumed ingredients and ingredients that have more flavour particles, there is more chance that people with an altered sense of taste or experiencing a lack of appetite will be able to taste and enjoy their food. Scent also plays a major role in stimulating the appetite, which can be very important. 

Here are some helpful links below to learn more about smell…

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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.

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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.

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