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Mandy Lieu

Mandy Lieu

Mandy is a food systems entrepreneur and philanthropist. Having enjoyed success across Asia as a model, film and TV actor, presenter and producer, she moved to the UK in 2015 to start a family and join the revolution in local, sustainable food. Now Mandy is transforming her lifelong passion for nutrition and food systems into a business – she is opening a farm-to-table deli in London’s Notting Hill and hopes to follow that with a farming venture in the near future. In her exclusive column for Sublime Magazine, she will be talking about these experiences and various aspects of sustainable eating. mandylieu.com

 

This week, I want to use this column to talk about something slightly out of the ordinary. We all know that lockdown is a mental and physical challenge for us all. This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, and there’s never been a better time to take stock of your family’s mental health, as well as your own. 

The British tradition of families getting together to watch Queen’s message on Christmas Day is one, I’ll confess, I wasn’t familiar with before I moved to the UK. It’s exactly the kind of quaint Britishness we read about from afar or watch in Richard Curtis films. So much so, that I couldn’t quite get my head around it.

People would always tell me: “Whenever you start a new business, but especially a restaurant, you need a vision.” Mine, simply enough, was to create an organic farm-to-table deli that would celebrate sustainability and cater to all tastes.

I have already used my column to share my interest in land for agriculture – in the soil and what it means for crops and livestock – and how important this is to me on my Ewhurst journey. But as I build my dream for Ewhurst, there’s still one important piece missing – one that’s just as close to my heart – the fruit and veg.

The pandemic has uprooted our entire way of living, it disrupted even the firmest of plans, displaced lifelong habits and ushered in new ones. One area where this rings particularly true, is our approach to healthy living – our nutritional habits, exercise regimes and how we maintain our general wellbeing.