CELEBRITY baker Stacie Stewart is hoping to lead a food revolution after a TV appearance made her change her approach to eating and saw her shed 4st.
Three years ago, the Roker chef was snapped up to appear on ITV’s Food Glorious Food show, which was produced by Simon Cowell’s production company.
It was a great coup for the self-taught chef, who was inspired to cook by her nana.
But seeing herself on the big screen only made the 32-year-old realise she needed to make a change.
“I saw myself on the screen in this white dress and I just cringed,” she said.
“My skin was horrendous, I had a bloated face, I was overweight.”
I really want clean eating to take off in the North East and make people realise that it’s not about denying yourself, it’s just about making better choices.Stacie Stewart
Stacie began combining exercise with clean eating, which means eating foods which are free from chemicals and processing, gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugars.
She has reaped the health benefits, dropping from just over 13st to less than 9st.
Now she wants to sing the rewards of clean eating from the rooftops by leading a clean-eating revolution.
She’s just whipped up her first batch of clean cakes for Roll With It deli, in Crozier Street, Southwick, which includes protein banana bread and Snickers bars.
“Anybody who doesn’t think clean foods taste as good, I challenge anyone to come along to Roll With It and try my Snickers,” she said.
“It’s my version of a Snickers, but with no fats or chemicals.
“It’s great for people who go to the gym as they are macros, which means you know the number of grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in each dish.
“I use superfoods like raw cacao, raw honey, coconut oil and raw maple syrup, which is all natural, and how the foods were meant to be, without any preservatives.”
The former St Anthony’s School pupil added: “I really want clean eating to take off in the North East and make people realise that it’s not about denying yourself, it’s just about making better choices.”
In May, Stacie, who is a columnist in Fabulous magazine, is moving to Brighton to open a clean eating deli called Eat Naked.
But she still hopes to act as a clean eating consultant in her home region.
The former PA launched a baking career after appearing as a finalist in 2010’s MasterChef.
She went on to publish a successful cookery book, Stacie Bakes, and is a regular chef on the food festival circuit, giving cookery demonstrations all around the country including at Jamie Oliver’s Feastival, Ideal Home and BBC Good Food shows.