Hi, I’m Vanessa D’Souza The Autistic Chef ™
I am late diagnosed Autistic, with ADHD and I really struggle with sensory processing.
After many years of masking to ‘fit in’ living a life I thought was expected of me; I am finally on my journey of self-discovery to find my authentic self.
My only goal is to be ‘me’.
I hope to be as open and honest as I can about my journey, my experiences, my thoughts and my feelings in the hope it can help others along the way.
I hope to create not only more awareness, but true acceptance of neurodivergent minds like mine.
You may recognise me from MasterChef UK 2023 where I got the semi-finals.
I was very open about my Austim & how my sensory sensitivities affect how I cook, present and eat foods.
I never expected how just being honest about my struggles with food & textures would resonate with so many thousands of people nationwide.
I will continue to be as transparent as I can be about my challenges when it comes to food, cooking, sensory sensitivities & presentation of food. I hope that sharing my experiences can help normalise the struggles that can come with being neurodivergent surrounding food. that are both healthy and tasty.
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