MsMarmitelover, real name Kerstin Rodgers, (@msmarmitelover) is a chef, author and food blogger and the pioneer of the underground restaurant movement in the United Kingdom. She is the chef/patronne of The Underground Restaurant at her stylish home in North West London. In 2011 her book ‘Supper Club, recipes and notes from the underground restaurant’ was published by Harper Collins.
She also runs a website called Find a Supper club, where supper club hosts can post up dates and events and fans can discover their local supper club.
Kerstin has also been featured on Trevor MacDonald’s News at 10, BBC breakfast news, The Vanessa Feltz show, Live with Gabby, BBC News 24, the Kirstie Allsopp show and soon on the upcoming BBC series The Food and Drink show. She has also been on the radio: The food programme, Woman’s hour, the Chris Evans show, the George Lamb show, Bob Elms show, Irish National Radio and several regional radio stations.
Kerstin is passionate about food cooked from scratch, elevating the profile of home cooked food and mother’s cooking.
Kerstin uses, wherever possible, organic, non GM, seasonal and local ingredients. Her menus are creative, changing weekly, with themes inspired by topical events and the seasons. She has set up a supper club style restaurant at Bestival for the past two years. Her recent project The Secret Garden Club also plugs into the trend for home-grown food. Kerstin has had an unconventional route into food: cooking at anarchist and community cafés, festivals and at protests such as the anti-G8 camps in Stirling and Evian.
Her blog The English can cook (marmitelover.blogspot.com) has between 60 and 100k readers per month. She was named one of the 1000 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard. She was also nominated for the One Persons Passion award at the London Restaurant Festival awards, is the current holder of Guild of Food Writers food blog of the year prize and was a judge at the Young British Foodie awards.
She has nearly 14k followers on twitter (@msmarmitelover) and 4.5k followers on her facebook page (The underground restaurant).
Kerstin Rodgers trained as a photographer and has had a number of exhibitions as a photographer, in Paris, Chartres and London. Starting out as a teenage photographer at New Musical Express, her work has been published in all the main newspapers and magazines. Her photography library is kept by Getty Images. An exhibition of her rock back catalogue is planned for next year. The 80s hit song ‘My girl’s mad at me’ by Madness was written about her, a story carried by the papers at the time.
Her writing has been published in The Independent and Guardian. She is currently writing a book about food writing and blogging.
Kerstin Rodgers of Ms Marmite Lover is speaking at #FBC5 celebrating the 5th year anniversary in a Panel on Diversified Monetisation to Launch Your Bona Fide Food Carreer alongside Jaden Hair!
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