The ‘Flavours from the Heart of Ireland’ food fair will return to the Strokestown Show once again this year and there will be some familiar faces taking part.
My Nutrition is husband and wife team, Thomas Coleman from Mayo and Jeeny Maltese from Venezuela, who have been in business for the past five years. They return to the Strokestown Show for a third year this year.
Since last year’s food fair, Thomas and Jeeny have relocated to Creggs and while Jeeny has made a name for herself on national television, Thomas has been involved with the Roscommon senior football team.
Jeeny said they were looking forward to returning to the Strokestown Show and paid tribute to food fair organisers, Margaret Kelly, Gemma Flanagan and Anna Hogan.
“The ladies are really good to us and they have treated us so well every year. We love all the products as well and the producers (at the food fair) so it’s a good show to come to,” she said.
Thomas added: “We do a lot of shows around Ireland but Strokestown is really good.
“What we hope to achieve firstly with Strokestown is looking after people’s health. It’s our family and loved ones that we want to spend time with and that’s really what our message is about. It’s really about building bridges for people; finding out where they are with their food and seeing how they can make a little improvement that will help their health and their body,” he said.
Jeeny said the joint expertise herself and nutritionist Thomas can call on ensures that clients are getting practical and easy to implement tips.
“For me as a chef, it has to be really good, tasty food that’s easy and approachable for everybody and also inexpensive. My mission as a chef is to educate people and empower them so that they know they can do it at home and it’s easy. Of course there is also the expertise of Tom so I’m not allowed to put anything naughty or bold in there!”
Thomas added: “It has to taste good, it has to be easy to prepare and we find all our ingredients locally. It’s getting back to real country food as well. We’re looking at the Strokestown Agricultural Show and there are farmers and producers here who are growing exceptional food; whole food that’s not packaged and we want to them to get back to using their own products”.
Having worked with some of Ireland’s top athletes, including Conor McGregor, My Nutrition will once again be a popular attraction at this year’s Show.
Jeeny said: “It’s very exciting because Tom and I have worked with some of the top athletes in the country; Irish Rugby and Roscommon GAA recently”.
“Yeah we had a great season with Roscommon GAA,” Thomas added, “we had ups and downs and everything else but look we progressed with them and hopefully we can go on. Maybe we’ll have a bit of that expertise at this year’s show and we can show people what the lads were eating”.
Of course you don’t have to be an elite level athlete to reap the benefits of My Nutrition’s expertise and Jeeny and Thomas have promised they will endeavour to make tips easy to use for all those in attendance at this year’s Strokestown Show.