At Performance Chef we listen to our athletes nutritional needs, help with meal planning, recovery strategies and race fuelling. We then create a personalised food and nutrition programme that works in conjunction with your training volume and intensity. We take into account your lifestyle, budget, goals, food history and time available to cook.
Bespoke packages start from £75 per month excluding set up consultation fee. One-to-one Performance Chef cookery demonstrations are also available online via Zoom in the comfort of your own home.
Alan is a Michelin starred chef with over 25 years of experience in Michelin starred kitchens and has worked in some of the best in the UK. Alan held a Michelin star for over a decade & had 4 AA Rosettes whist executive Chef at L'Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire.
At one point Alan was the first chef outside London to have 3 restaurants all with Michelin star recognition. He spent 5 years working with Raymond Blanc at the world famous Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons and was also Director of The Raymond Blanc Cookery School.
Alan is a life long endurance athlete and fan, starting life as an international runner and skiier, before locking himself up in a kitchen for 25 years. Once he had achieved cuilnary success he turned his attention back to sport, initially for health and lifestyle reasons before his competitive nature took hold and he trained for performance. As a masters athlete, Alan has won multiple European and World titles in duathlon, represented Scotland in cross country running and earned national cycling time trial titles. In 2013 he was shortlisted by British Triathlon for athlete for the year honours and was named Scottish Triathlon age group athlete of the year in 2014. Alan is one of the few athletes who has run under 30 minutes for 10k and also ridden an 18 minute 10 mile time trial. A knee injury called time on his running ambitions and he now channels all of his energy into cycling, focussing on time trials. He holds personal best times of 18:36 (10miles), 48:15 (25 miles), 1:41 (50 miles) and 3:36 (100 miles). Alan understands what an athlete wants and needs to eat on a first hand basis.
Off the race track Alan is a regular contributor to Cycling Weekly magazine. He is the author of The Cycling Chef books published by Bloomsbury. Book one was published in 2019 and named best in Sport category at the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook awards. The highly anticipated volume 2 of the Cycling Chef - getting lean and fuelling the machine - is out in March 2021. Alan provides regular content for SpecializedUK social media channels through an innovative Foodie Friday concept. He has held a position as British Cycling team chef at major competitions and training camps, feeding multiple Olympic gold medallists and world champions. Most recently he is excited to be working with CANYON//SRAM, a progressive and dynamic team, at World Tour level.
Vicky's sporting background as an elite runner and later a professional triathlete means she understand the importance of fuelling optimally for your sport. Like many athletes she learnt the hard way through making major fuelling errors and eating inadequately for her training, which resulted in periods of inconsistency at best and illness and injury at worst. Under fuelling also makes for an incredibly grumpy athlete! Nutrition can be a massive area of growth for many athletes and optimal fuelling is a crucial building block for high performance. Vicky is keen to pass on her lessons so that you do not make the same mistakes.
Vicky's performance highlights include earning a sports scholarship to Florida State University where she was 5 time "All America" at track and cross country and runner-up in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships in 2004. She holds personal bests of 15:42 (5k) and 32:41 (10k). Looking for a new challenge, she took up duathlon in 2009, and in 2010 was first overall amateur at the World duathlon Championships. Progressing to long distance triathlon Vicky twice finished on the podium at the European Championships with bronze in 2015 and silver in 2016 in the elite category. Alongside Alan, Vicky rides national level time trials, winning 2 individual national titles, multiple individual podiums and team titles with their team Drag2Zero. In 2019 she was named Best British All Rounder. Vicky now passes on her passion and knowledge as a coach and mentor.
Our aim is to give nutritional support & develop inner health to aid optimal sports performance through simple every day food that is readily available. Monitor and maintain health and well being through optimised nutrition with real food and easy to follow recipes and plain talking around the sometimes complicated world of high performance food & nutrition.
A bespoke programme can can be tailored to individual requirements depending on current knowledge, goals & objectives, budget, food intolerances, lifestyle and training/racing objectives.
Bespoke nutrition, an optimised diet & periodised food plan is essential for anyone looking to enhance their sporting performance, whether that's running your first marathon or making it to the Olympics, the principle is the same, optimising your diet is no different to finding a pair of shoes that work for you or getting a bike fit, it's an individual thing and there's no right or wrong, it's what's right for you. Food plans can be done in conjunction with current coaching set up, your own personal nutritionist or plain and simply what you like to eat.