An inexhaustive list of those we are collaborating with

Taste of Timsbury More Information

“We are passionate about good, local food and are delighted to support the Cardiologist’s Kitchen project. We believe that high quality food which is locally sourced is fundamental to a healthy diet and lifestyle…as well as supporting the local economy and being kinder to the environment.

We are a community venture run by volunteers and our primary focus is the Taste of Timsbury Food and Drink Festival. As well creating a place for local food and drink producers to showcase their produce, the Festival also aims to inspire people to find out more about their food choices, where it’s from and what’s good.

The roll out of the Cardio Kit project in Timsbury is part of a wider planned initiative which aims to bring good food to the village and includes setting up cookery classes in the village, the introduction of healthy options in local food outlets and creating a local wellbeing hub to promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Rich Osborn   Fresh Rangefresh-range-and-cardiokit-collage

Rich Osborn is the founder of Fresh Range.  He founded it because he is passionate about the benefits of a truly direct local supply chain providing fresher, more delicious and nutritious foods at a fairer, lower price.  He believes that local food infrastructure can bring enhanced prosperity to all areas and demographics of Bristol and Bath. By driving demand for local food, can develop food security for generations to come and provide a business model that’s sustainable and replicable across the UK. He combines his love of food and drink and passion for working with small, independent businesses, making his work a “dream job”.

Rich says ‘Too many people are dying young due to diet-related disease in the UK. Our purpose here at fresh-range is to provide exceptional food experiences and develop food security for generations to come. We’re passionate about making healthier, fresher, locally sourced, delicious foods accessible to all, forever. We’re excited about our partnership with Cardiologist’s Kitchen because we will reach higher risk patients with nutritionally rich, protective foods. Dr Ali Khavandi’s recipes and Cardiologist’s Kitchen’s online store by fresh-range will enable patients diagnosed with high blood pressure to source protective ingredients from a range of local food producers effortlessly and arrange home delivery’.

Steve Glover   The Severn Projectsevern-project-collage

Steve runs a Bristol born and bred social enterprise and Community Interest Company, which he founded in April 2010. Beginning with a disused plot of land, little to no growing skills and a small pot of money, the Severn Project is now a successful and thriving urban farm working to an innovative model. Consistently they put the money they make back into the project, helping the organisation to grow and to help provide more opportunities to engage individuals from vulnerable groups. As their business grows, so does their impact.

The Severn Project and Cardiologist’s Kitchen have mutual appreciation of each others’ objectives and anticipate working together throughout the lifetime of this project and beyond.  CardioKit love what Steve grows and can recommend specific nutritiously dense herbs and vegetables produced at the Severn Project.  We will be doing so on this website, highlighting seasonal produce which you can access through our shop.

Ali, Mary and Steve were featured on BBC Farming Today on Radio 4 in October 2016 and we stood out in the poly-tunnels for our interview with Mark Smalley.  We really enjoyed the calming atmosphere out there in the open and so have taken every opportunity to return, arranging our first project review with Louise from The Health Foundation at the Severn Project too.

Tom Bowles   Neston Farm Shop and Kitchenneston-collage

The Bowles family have farmed the land around Wiltshire for five generations and currently work a small mixed farm in Winsley called Hartley Farm. Tom Bowles’ enthusiasm for supporting the local community through a shared passion for food and farming has grown the business into a thriving hub on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon and beyond.

The opportunity to extend that enthusiasm to Atworth couldn’t be ignored and Tom and his team enveloped the Neston Farm Shop and Kitchen with their passion early in 2015. They are particularly proud of their award-winning grass-fed beef, raised outdoors at Hartley Farm, and dry aged to produce meat that is unrivalled in flavour.

The partnerships they have developed with other artisan producers based on their farm allow them to offer their community the very best local produce, from bread and ale to fruit and vegetables.

They have a hunger to be there for generations to come too. Their purpose as a business is to create an inspiring and exciting destination where people come together over a love of great food and to achieve this by supporting and growing with their people, partners and the community around them.

Tom says “Food has always made me happy but I think now, more than ever, it’s important to understand how it can make you healthy too and that the two can go hand in hand. The Cardiologist’s Kitchen is a brilliant project as it concentrates on the important things, how to make healthy choices sustainable, not in the form of the latest fad or fashionable diet. It’s an extremely exciting project and one we cannot wait to be involved with.”

Steve Mercer is Head Chef at Neston Farm Shop and Kitchen. Read what he says here;

‘Ever since Tom Bowles first discussed the idea of hosting events with Cardiologist’s Kitchen it has fascinated me and I have wanted to become involved more and more.

As with a terrifying number of people, I have had heart problems in my family. My uncle lives in the United States and had heart surgery about 5 years ago. His diet was never the best and I was concerned about what he would be eating during his recovery.

I was a child of the 1990s, where it was very much believed that any fats and sugars were terrible for you. When I grew up and began cooking for myself I was always sure that using a little butter and eating ‘bad’ things in moderation was never going to do me any harm. So, on meeting Ali, I was relieved to find out that I had the right idea.

I have been inspired by this innovation and do my best to keep to this concept in my work at Neston Farm Shop and Kitchen. I have met some fantastic people along the way including Emily from the Bath Farm Girls who produces quinoa on the outskirts of Bath. To read more about my meeting with Emily take a look at my blog; ‘


Dr Sue Lavelle   CardioKit GP Linkdr-sue-lavelle-collage

Sue is a firm advocate that, where possible, it is preferable to manage your health with lifestyle changes rather than reliance on medication. She believes that many people are keen to look after themselves better but can be confused and misled by the myriad ‘healthy’ and ‘diet’ products that fill the supermarket shelves and the deluge of ‘health’ information that is available online, often endorsed by ‘celebrities’.

Sue says ‘The Cardiologist’s Kitchen project is a practical and engaging source of advice, based on sound evidence, which can help to guide and motivate people to take more control of their health. I am very excited about being involved and am looking forward to seeing the benefits in my patients.

Sarah Khavandi  

Our Cardiokit Medical Journalist

‘I am a fourth year medical student at Barts and the London.  As an active member of Medsin – the UK branch of the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA), I have been pursuing my interest in public and global health and trying to think about at health on a systemic level.

During my time as University Branch President it quickly became apparent to me that social media is a powerful tool and one that we need to use to guide our patients and the public to good health. At Medical School we are constantly reminded that the patient is at the centre of everything we do.

We are given an increasing amount of communication skills training to teach us to empower patients through education, guidance and clarity from doctors. The Cardiologist’s Kitchen Initiative is breaking the barriers between the patients and their ability to achieve better health. I am excited to be involved with the innovation, seeing how we can collaborate with patients to take control over their health outcomes. Look out for my regular updates on the website as I try to dispel health myths in the media’.


Sue Judge    Nutritional Therapist

Sue is a freelance Nutritional Therapist and a Director of Infinite Wellbeing, providing wellness programmes for business. In these roles Sue works with people on a one-to-one basis and also writes and facilitates corporate and community programs and workshops. Sue aims is to support and empower individuals to take greater control and ownership of their health and wellbeing. She does this not by undertaking “fad” diets but by encouraging people to eat wholesome nourishing foods.

Sue says ‘Educating people is the key. My sessions are informal, interactive and fun, and I aim to debunk the myths surrounding nutrition and introduce people to a balanced, fulfilling and energising way of life. After all, that occasional glass of red wine is good for you, right?

I am really excited to have the opportunity to support CardioKit on this project which is on the cutting edge of integrative health in the UK. It offers individuals the chance take control of their health through evidence based information and support, whilst building up sustainable relationships. This then gives the individual the tools to carry these changes on long term whilst having a positive impact on family and friends as well’.


Dr John Sykes

John is a GP Registrar Doctor nearly at the end of his training in Bath. John has a strong passion for using physical activity and other lifestyle changes in order to better the nation’s health.

John is a Director of Move Eat Treat, a nationwide prize-winning campaign that aims to promote the importance of preventative medicine in the UK and has helped organise Move Eat Treat conferences to share information on lifestyle medicine as well as allow networking of professionals who have a passion for this subject. He has organised several events and teaching sessions on physical activity and lifestyle medicine to a range of medical professionals in Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire. He is currently organising a “Lifestyle Medicine” Conference for the RCGP in Bristol in July 2017.

In the future he hopes to educate and empower both professionals and patients to consider lifestyle changes to fight disease, prevent disease and live happier, healthier lives.

John did a brilliant job at guest hosting the Cardiologist’s Kitchen Instagram account for one week in April. We hope he will do this again for us soon as we all enjoyed his pictures and message to encourage healthy food and exercise. He is writing for our next newsletter too.


Ally Jaffee

Medical Student

‘I am currently in my second year studying Medicine at the University of Bristol. Growing up, my mother instilled within me the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I am a strong believer in Hippocrates’ message “let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”. Nutrition was central to this. This has sparked my interest in preventative and lifestyle medicine.

Last year as part of our “Whole Person Care” module and this year as part of my “Optimum Health in later life” module, I have researched the role nutrition and food play in the prevention and management of certain chronic conditions, as well as with wellbeing.

I have been involved with the College of Medicine since June 2016, when I volunteered at the “Food. The forgotten Medicine.” conference in London. This gave me the opportunity to gain a much greater insight into the benefits that a good diet holds, especially in the prevention of many chronic diseases.  I learnt a great deal from the fantastic speakers such as Dr Ali Khavandi, Tim Spector and Dr. Andrew Weil and I was inspired by their passion surrounding nutrition and drive to change current perspectives within healthcare. I felt compelled to transfer their insights, raise awareness and provide a platform to promote nutrition education to fellow medical students and the community.

In September last year, I co-founded the Nutrition in Medicine Society (NIMS) at Bristol Medical School. Since then, we have successfully held multiple talks, demos and debates for our society members. We have also aligned with initiatives, who aim to increase nutrition education in the community, and have recently worked alongside Jamie Oliver’s “Sugar Smart” campaign in Bristol.

As a Society, our goal is to increase the awareness around the importance of a sustainable diet and nutrition. This is aimed at targeting both community members of the City of Bristol and the university students alike. Further to this, we have been successfully campaigning for nutrition to be integrated into our new medical curriculum, which starts this September.

I was appointed Student Nutrition Lead for the College of Medicine, after attending AbbVie’s Sustainable Healthcare ‘Beyond Medicine’ conference in London last year. This platform has allowed me to explore my passion further, as well as connecting with like-minded people across different professions, all with the same goal to improve our health and the environment in which we live. I believe the co-ordination between food policy, the food industry, sustainable agriculture and nutrition will have the greatest impact on our future’.

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