Umami is our fifth taste and you will learn all about delicious umami-rich ingredients and how to use them in our classes.

We understand about umami, and how it can amplify and heighten flavours, we know about seasoning and how it can bring flavour out of food, we know how important the eyes, nose and ears are in how you experience food, and we bring this to life for you in our interactive classes.

Why does this help?

Cancer and cancer treatment can impact people’s taste buds so the food that they eat lacks any flavour, this, in turn, can make them lose their appetite.

Umami boosts all of the other taste receptors. Umami creates more flavour in the mouth, and synergistic umami – adding more than one umami type ingredient to a recipe – boosts the flavour even more.

Here are some helpful links to learn more about Umami…

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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.

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.

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