Hi I'm Holly
Foodie. Dog Lover. Runner
Growing up on a farm I've always had a passion for food and led a healthy lifestyle. I spent my teenage years baking everything under the sun, both the naughty and nutritious! My love of cooking led me to study Food and Nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University where I learnt all about the food industry as well as how our bodies respond to what we eat.
After Uni I worked for different food companies as well as catering for yoga days and weekend retreats. I am happiest when in the kitchen cooking with ingredients out of our garden. I love the excitement and varied flavours of vegetarian and vegan food and want to help more people discover this.
So why did I start my business? In August 2017, I suddenly fell ill and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This is nothing to do with diet and lifestyle but means my pancreas no longer produces insulin. I therefore have to inject myself before eating, so carbohydrates, both sugars and starches, can be converted into energy for my body to use. Currently the reason Type 1 can suddenly affect someone is unknown and at present there is no cure.
The diagnosis hit me pretty hard and I found work too much to cope with. After a couple of months the idea of having my own catering company became very appealing as I could work from home and keep learning how to manage my diabetes. Holly Nelstrop Catering was born which has since grown into Holly's Garden Kitchen.
My weekly healthy take away has always been the core of the business but I now do a lot of private catering for events. I also started selling my food at markets which proved very popular and that's when I invested in my gorgeous retro street food truck!
To make people smile whilst filling them with goodness is such a joy.