Business name: The Free Range Chef

Your name: Beth Al Rikabi

Where are you based and what do you do?

I’m based in Holt but as the name suggests, get around a bit! I spend my time cheffing at yoga retreats, organising and catering supper clubs and weddings, providing food for Frome Food Hub, popping up at markets with my vegan salad bar and baking cakes for anyone who needs them. Once I’ve done all this I like to write about it all and put together recipes, blogs and cook books.

What inspired you to start your business?

I was working very hard for other people creating food to nourish and inspire people. Then I decided I’d go it alone which is mighty scary but very exciting.

What do you love about running a business in Bath?

It’s a beautiful part of the country to live in with LOADS of very passionate food producers.

You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?

There’s plenty of yummy spots to grab a quick bite on Kingsmead Square.

Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch or a meal/drink after a tough day?

I generally head to Boston Tea Party on Alfred Street for a coffee and catch up with fellow business folk of Bath.

Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?

I’ve always got to give Sal Godfrey of Bath Indie Chat fame a shout of for bringing all us little folk together. Plenty of long lasting friendships have been formed thanks to her and she’s always supporting my foodie ventures.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?

Even if you don’t want to work directly with other people, have a go at collaborating with like minded businesses who can bring something different to an experience. I get awful lonely and unsure of myself being self employed but if you can bounce ideas off of another bod then you feel on top of the world.

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