Suzi Lawrence chats to Jacks Kitchen | Hot 20 Questions

Suzi Lawrence Hot 20 Questions


“Jimi Hendrix would’ve been amazing to photograph!”


Freelance photographer Suzi Lawrence takes 20 minutes out of her busy schedule to get down and dirty with Jacks Kitchen and talks about her fondness for the family cat Mr Bobbin’s, juggling her successful business with motherhood and how the costa sisters videographers inspire her!


JK Best thing about living in the Cotswolds?

SL All the countryside surrounding us. I love stomping around in wellies. It’s good for the soul.

JK Where did you train to be a photographer?

SL I went to Plymouth College of Art and Design as I wanted to be by the sea, not being very wordly wise or any good at geography I hadn’t realised it’s a giant, grey city with no beaches.

JK What’s in your handbag?

SL Always snacks, possibly a dinosaur or fire engine? If I’m working and pretty much as a rule in life I like to be prepared, I have back up kit, tissues for crying brides/grooms/guests, all kind of wedding day kit…mini sewing kit which was used to sew a bridesmaid into her dress once, scissors for all those labels on wedding day veils/underwear/shoes etc etc,. Bubbles, sweets (kids at weddings) and lipsalve and wet wipes!

JK Who inspires you on the photography scene?

SL There are so many amazing wedding photographers, I love @devlinphotos and videographers @thecostasisters but also the genius storytelling of Annie Leibovitz and I find inspiration in all walks of art and design and also in people, I quite often spot people who I’d love to photograph, tell their story, see what they’re all about.

JK What was your most embarrassing moment?

SL Far too many. Far too often. Accidentally attaching a pair of knickers to my long bobbly scarf once and then walking to work through town before noticing!

JK How do you juggle running a successful business and motherhood?

SL With help and planning. I have an amazing husband. He is super supportive and totally gets that this job means the world to me. And so do our boys. My family, especially my Mum, help a lot too. But I try to keep my two roles quite separate so I don’t slip my focus on either.

JK What is the most romantic thing your husband has ever done for you?

SL He’s not naturally a romantic chap. But he’s a bloody lovely human. He did propose in Venice which was very romantic and not at all the cheesy cliché it might’ve been. But I feel with two busy boys and our work that any time together just the two of us now feels pretty romantic, even a trip to B&Q if we get to hold hands together!

JK Wait a minute, who photographed your wedding?

SL My amazing friend Vikki (Vikki Kelly Photography), we worked together for years, in my first proper photography job, she’s such a laugh, great at what she does and knowing her and her work we just felt so relaxed, it’s important to feel in safe hands on your wedding day.

JK Night off, babysitter booked where are you going and who with?

SL OOOOhhhhh tricky one, either out with the girls for fizz, cocktails and possibly some silly dancing or out for a Thai meal with Mr Lawrence, I always mean to go to other restaurants but I just LOVE thai food.

JK Person you would most like to photograph?

SL Great question. I think someone with sass and a great wardrobe, so maybe Beyonce, Queen Elizabeth I, she was pretty feisty. Jimi Hendrix would’ve been amazing to photograph. Or if time travel was an option then my Mum back in the swinging 60’s, she had long, dark hair, that she used to iron (with an actual iron!!!) and did a bit of modelling and was very bohemian. Anyone with a strong look or a ‘presence’ like Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, she’d also be really great to capture.

JK Guiltiest pleasure?

SL Peanut butter on toast WITH BUTTER! Haha! Oh the usual, trash tv, frazzles, wine, asti even (!) and a bit of University Challenge, I love a geek!

JK Gin & tonic or glass of wine?

SL Can I alternate between the two?

JK Most memorable wedding you have had the pleasure of photographing?

SL I’ve been lucky enough to photograph quite a few friends weddings and they’re always really special. I think my cousins was pretty memorable, not least because she wore a wedding dress my Aunty made from an old pair of curtains and totally carried it off!

JK Favourite instagramer?

SL I do like Kat from @rocknrollbride and have followed her for years, also there’s a lady that creates fashion model poses but with her normal body and around her house…she’s amazing, hilarious!

JK What’s the worst joke you have ever heard in a best man’s speech?

SL The Best Men speeches that I remember have always been pretty rude, the worst joke, a pretty lame one that dos make me smile… “it’s been an emotional day, even the cake’s in tiers/tears” ha! My Dad told that one in his speech!

JK Most treasured possession?

SL Mr Bobbins my amazing lion furball of a cat! Does that count as a ‘possession’? He’s gorgeous but can turn so has an element of danger!

JK Your top 3 venues in the Cotswolds where you have been the photographer?

SL This is a tough one, as we are so spoilt here. I love anywhere where you can be outside, ideally for the ceremony but aside from that Elmore Court is stunning, Lodge Park and the Roccoco Gardens. Also the Orangery and inside courtyard space at Tortworth Court are gorgeous too.

JK Greatest Achievement?

SL My boys. (That includes husband and cat).
And I do feel proud that I have a job I love so much, we were told at Uni that only 1 out of 30 of us would actually make it as a professional as it’s so competitive, I think that’s negative and not quite true but am always thankful that I got this far!

JK Who would play you in the film of your life?

SL Well, Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and I share a name, but that’s about all we do have in common! I’ve been told I look like Samatha Janus a fair few times, originally from ‘Game On’ but now better known for being Ronnie (or Roxy, I’m not sure) from Eastenders (a lot less Hollywood)!

JK Any hopes, plans for future?

SL I have lists of hopes, plans and constant ideas. I’m very excited by the recent news that laws might change around getting married outside, which would be really creatively exciting. There’s always new venues, new couples and new suppliers (like the totally awesome Jacks Kitchen) to work with and meet so long may that continue!

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Hot 20 Questions with Alex Glen from Jacks Kitchen

Alex Glen talks about her love of art, her event catering company Jacks Kitchen in the Hot 20 Questions and how she juggles motherhood, running a business and studying a PHD full-time.

JK Best thing about living in Cheltenham?

AG I’m used to being spoilt for great food in London and I haven’t felt like that since we moved to Cheltenham over a year ago. There are some great places to eat and I would like to see more independent pop ups becoming a feature. My faves are The Feathered Nest, Le Champignon Sauvage, East India Cafe, Bottle of Sauce, The White Spoon, Kibousushi, Giggling Squid & Bangkok Kitchen (to name but a few) there is something to suit every pallet. I love popping to the lower high street to get all our Asian produce too.

JK If you had to be locked in a building in the Cotswolds overnight, which would it be?

AG It would have to be Deya Brewery haha I love their craft beer and open taps on a Fri night.

JK How do you juggle motherhood, running a business and studying a PHD?

AG Coffee, lots. I really don’t know the rest it’s a blur. Team Jacks keep me sweet and bring me cake and biscuits!

JK Fave Artist?

AG Rebecca Horn.

JK Greatest Indulgence?

AG Art.

JK Biggest extravagance?

AG Holidays. We try to get to South East Asia once a year and I adore Italy. When the IVF worked and I fell pregnant with Jack first thing we did was book a flight to Florence, another corner of the boot we hadn’t been to. We’ll be flying back to Naples soon for a 2 night pizza extravagance. Di and I like to keep on top of our game as one of our street food pop ups is Mama D’s Pizza which are the tastiest Neapolitan sourdough pizzas outside of Italy.

JK Rich or healthy Alex?

AG Healthy.

JK What’s on your bucket list?

AG Seeing more of South East Asia, not been to Vietnam or Laos yet! Oh and Japan. When I’m 80 I might jump out of a plane (with a parachute obvs!) because who cares when your 80.

JK Guest list for ideal dinner party?

AG Johanna Lumley, Keith Richards, Melissa McCarthy, Helen Mirren, David Bowie and in the open-plan kitchen; Elena Arzak and Dominique Cren. Perfection right there.

JK Best Jacks Kitchen event to date?

AG Be rude not to say The Rolling Stones Management!

JK Your favourite Jacks Kitchen dish? 

AG Oh that’s not fair! I’d have to say Di’s Chocolate Fondant in any shape or form!

JK 3 Foods you couldn’t live without?

AG Fresh seafood, greens and steamed jasmine rice.

JK Tell us something that people don’t know about you?

AG Now this will make you laugh! I moved to London after my BA Fine Art to do my PG Dip and Masters at Chelsea Arts. To pay my rent I joined the London Fire Brigade and became a fire fighter. It was the norm to finish a night shift and cycle straight to university stinking of smoke! 10 years I did that for and I certainly paid my dues.

JK Favourite Gallery?

AG I think I would say the Hayward Gallery, London. The building is cast concrete, it’s unapologetically brutal. In my favourite place, the South Bank. We have just a great exhibition on at our local Wilson Gallery #theorderofthings with some great work from Andrew Bick and Jonathan Parsons.

JK Favourite work of Art?

AG Pieta, Michellangelo, St Peters, Vatican.

JK 3 items you couldn’t live without?

AG Drawing paper, pen and good coffee.

JK Greatest achievement?

AG Our son Jack who is extremely funny! As I write this he is 5 years old and has told us everyday since he could scramble words together that he wants to be a doctor of animals! Cute.

JK Best dish you have eaten this year?

AG Ohh Di’s Beef Wellington everytime. You could cut the meat with a spoon. We source our meat wisely; our beef comes from our local farmers at

JK Favourite tweeter?

AG I have to admit I like tweets that make me laugh like @classicalArtMeme and @_Retailfail and I’m loving our local ones @cheltproblems and @GlosMagician.

JK Any hopes and exciting plans for the future?

AG Apart from our son growing up happy. I have started my PHD and pushing boundaries on the digital media front within fine art. I’d like Jacks Kitchen to continue to thrive. We are almost fully booked this year which is testament to Di and the teams hard work. I’ve got my own studio space at Nau Art in Leckhampton but one day I’d love my own studio space at home; I’ll have my messy side for ceramics and sculpture and my clean side for projection mapping and digital.


HOT 20 questions with Mama Makes Uk


Mama Makes Uk HOT 20 Questions:

“My response to Pete proposing to me – Danny Dyer just said my name!”

Mum to super heroes Sid the kid and Ralph with another due in December, god help her! Jacks Kitchen got down and dirty with Nareece whilst she talked about being locked in Harrods, her life long crush on Danny Dyer and Ben Murphy her fave chef!

JK Best thing about living in London?

MM The diversity of the city. I love being around so many different cultures, languages and people from all walks of life. I grew up in a tiny village in Lincolnshire

JK Fave tune at the moment?

MM Beyonce ‘Hold Up’ – All hail queen Bey.

JK If you had to be locked in a building in London overnight, which would it be?

MM Harrods! My all time favourite shop. Food, clothes and shoes all in one place. I would dress up in McQueen and eat like a king.

JK Rich or healthy?

MM Healthy for sure! I’ve never been rich and probably never will be so you can’t miss what you don’t have!

JK 3 items you couldn’t live without?

MM Wet wipes, rose turkish delight and my phone.

JK Biggest extravagance?

MM My house – it’s an extremely petite London terrace but cost us a fortune in buying and renovating it over the last three years.

JK Fave London discoveries?

MM Beige Bake, Brick Lane! YUM!!!

JK Have you ever watched a film and it changed your life? If so, which one and why?

MM The film ‘Kids’ watched whilst at Uni and it changed my outlook on sex – everyone should have to watch this film before becoming sexually active! My main aim now after having kids is to make sure they are safe when sexually active! I will be that crazy mum wanting to talk all things sexual with my kids and handing out condoms.

JK Gin & Tonic or Glass of Wine?

MM Gin & Tonic for sure! After this baby pops out i want it on a IV drip but has to be Tanqueray 10! I recently discovered Hibiscus tonic on a trip to Lisbon but yet to find it in a supermarket in this country. Any ideas??

JK Do you nick the smells from a hotel?

MM No but my husband does. He’s totally tight and likes to get his moneys worth.

JK Best piece of advice you have been given? 

MM Work to live don’t live to work – although i only realised how important this was after having my own child.

JK Fave British actress?

MM Julie Walters – LOVE everything she has ever been in.

JK Last song you downloaded?

MM Drake – One dance

JK Indian or Thai Food?

MM Thai food. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

JK Most romantic thing your husband has ever done for you?

MM Oooooooo toughy! His proposal was pretty special i am a gigantic Danny Dyer fan .. HUGE! For his proposal he tracked down Mr Dyer and got him to make a video to propose to me. My response to will you marry me whilst he was down on one knee was “DANNY DYER JUST SAID MY NAME!!!!”

JK Best meal you have ever had?

MM The Woodford in South Woodford led by Chef Ben Murphy. Amazing new Restaurant that opened at the beginning of the year and walking distance to the house. The food is incredible! I love everything about it, the food, ambience, cocktails, service. It is fine dining at it’s best.

JK Fave superhero?

MM Deadpool!

JK Go back in time or forward in time?

MM Go back and relive the madness again – but i would not change a thing.

JK Fave blogger?

MM The unmumsy mum makes me feel so much less inadequate as a parent and gives me a bloody good laugh.

JK On your blog you talk of your mum with so much warmth. With her birthday looming, what did you treat her to?

MM Sent her flowers to work, thought i would win the best child prize however so did my brother (he is renowned for being very last minute and unorganised) and he added on chocolates so i looked equally unorganised and cheap!

Thanks Mama Maka and good luck with the blog and print designing!

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team up with The Montpellier Townhouse

Most Cheltonians will know the award winning Montpellier Townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham’s fashionable Montpellier district. It sticks out like a sore thumb for being one of the blooming finest luxury self catering houses in the area! **PIC of inside**

Formerly a hotel today it is a luxury holiday / weekend rental with all the comforts (and more) of a 5+ star hotel. So it was a great pleasure for Jacks Kitchen to be asked to cater for their guests which also boasts a state of the art kitchen to boot! Whats not to like? **PIC of kitchen credit The Boutique Life**

This gem has to be seen to be believed, it’s hip regency interior won Period Living Magazine’s annual design award and there’s numerous antiques and works of art to give a real sense of occasion for guests celebration. It’s simply stunning. **pic of outside**

Years ago a luxury break to celebrate a special event with friends or family meant rooms in expensive hotels, with perhaps a function room rental. A country house or townhouse venue was the preserve of those fortunate enough to have a generous (and possibly wealthy) relative happy to lend their own! Well thank god thats changed thanks to Montpellier Townhouse party venue. It can be rented for a few days for a truly special occasion – like a hen party, landmark birthday or perhaps just a reunion with old friends. No need to leave the furry ones at home either, The Montpellier Townhouse is animal friendly.

Ideal for up to 9-14 guests (in its five bedroom suites) the house has proven especially popular with hen celebrations, birthday parties and get togethers. It is especially popular during Cheltenham festivals, the celebrity guests can make it seem like a big brother house! To swell numbers to 18 you can rent their nearby 5 star Royal Parade Apartment too.

It’s also Cheltenham’s finest party venue for up to 60-80 standing and milling about. Wether it be a product launch, reunion, hen party, birthday party or any celebration. Your free to order in your own drinks, relax and enjoy the house exclusively.

We love cooking up a storm for Montpellier Townhouse guests. Expect every event with Jacks at Montpellier Town House to be taken to a yummier level – wether it be a thai menu for a hen party with butlers (in the buff if required!), a bespoke fine dining dinner party, tasty sliders or canapés for a product launch, a stand and mingle party with pie and mash or a full english breakfast with bubble and squeak. We’ve got it sorted!
Book direct for best rates

This is a house party venue to impress!
Rates around £2000 for the weekend plus 6 bottles of fizz in the cooler on arrival!

Book direct for best rates 01242 696872

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