“I love cooking for people and enjoy the way food brings people together,” enthuses Kim, who originally trained to be a librarian before studying for her chef’s qualification.
“I wanted to spend more time with my growing daughter so I decided to go back to college and fell in love with cooking. I trained at Outlaw’s as part of his Academy Nathan Outlaw on the north coast of Cornwall.
“Although I enjoyed working in a big kitchen I needed more flexibility around family life, so earlier this year I thought the best thing to do would be to step out on my own.”
Kim started with a supper club at her home in Tywardreath and now cooks for parties and other private functions, as well as supplying other local businesses. She has also held sell-out Moroccan and Spanish take-over evenings at Yummy Scrummy a local family run cafe that has recently opened in Par, a neighbouring village.
“I enjoy using locally sourced ingredients where possible and experimenting with food. It’s also great to introduce people to new foods and challenge them to try things.”
Kim says that while she’s always had a clear idea about her business, Trudy Thompson and Josh Taylor at the Entrepreneurs Retreat in Tywardreath have provided some valuable input along the way.
“They’ve been so encouraging. They’ve assured me that I am doing the right thing, and have asked me questions about where I’m going with my business now and how I am getting on with it.
“They are always at the end of the phone and can provide direction. They don’t tell you what to do but are just there if you need them.
“One big thing I’ve learnt from them is not panicking about stepping across the threshold to put myself out there.
“There are lots of interesting projects and ideas that I’d like to explore in the near future such as teaching cookery. I’m doing all sorts right now, and it’s all good. I’m loving it!”
Kim and her team (included her husband, mum and sister) were the caterers who created the sumptuous 3 course meal from local produce for Tom Larkin’s wedding in the village last month. Kim is also working with Tom to supply Tywardreath Village Shop when it opens under his management later this month.
To book Kim Evans to cater for a special event please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0750 2046279
Interview by Sharon Barnard, August 2016 – Sharon is a freelance features writer and editor based in Tywardreath. To find out how she can put your own special story into words contact her at email@example.com
Entrepreneurs Retreat is run by social entrepreneurs Trudy Thompson and Josh Taylor.
Enterprising people visit the retreat for inspiration and guidance through business coaching sessions and workshop training events.
The income generated by the retreat funds free coaching sessions for local people to help them develop the right mindset to successfully run their own business. Trudy and Josh have invested in business premises in the village through their community fund which supports the growth of the small businesses they coach.
Watch this video to find out more about their business coaching and social ventures.
Read the latest news about their social investment plans in Tywardreath.