Stella is best known for her work as founder of the Ashburton Cookery School which followed on from a successful career in catering following her setting up the first organic restaurant using local seasonal produce in the early 1980’s in Oxfordshire. For the past 10 years she has been developing food strategies for her beloved Dartmoor and chairs Dartmoor Food & Drink, is vice-chair of Dartmoor Partnership, chair of EaT Dartmoor and last year opened her new venture, Home Farm Cafe at Parke National Trust Estate.
Stella is also chair of the South West Regional FEAST centre (School Food Trust), and chair of Women 1st, South West region. Currently she is working on a new project to create a Community Kitchen hub on Dartmoor along with a larger project for a Dartmoor Heritage centre.
She was voted one of the top 100 most influential women in the hospitality sector in 2012 alongside Prue Leith, Ruth Rodgers, Jill Stein and Delia Smith.