Cardiff isn’t only famous for its whopping big stadium. The capital’s culinary offerings are getting tastier all the time and these women are proving that food isn’t just a man’s world.

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If you haven’t tried a snegl or a spandauer, you need to pay a visit to this little slice of hygge in Cardiff’s suburbs. Betina Skovbro, who’s originally from Denmark, set up Brød (which means bread), an artisan bakery and café, because she wanted to set the record straight about how a real Danish pastry should taste. 

 Brød has just celebrated its second birthday and has already scooped a handful of awards – and Betina has hinted that a second site could be on the horizon, so watch this space.

Mel opened the doors to Peylan Pantry in 2013 with one very clear aim in mind: to promote local producers, the community and the environment. She buys only sustainably sourced meat, free-range eggs and organic milk for the cafe and the kitchen recycles 95% of its waste.

The café and deli is a lovely spot for breakfast or a leisurely lunch and you can sign up for the weekly organic veg boxes which are delivered to your house by bike.

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Cerys has made certainly made her mark on Cardiff’s restaurant scene. Together with husband Tom and business partner Gwyn, she established the perennially popular Porro and The Potted Pig. She’s since moved on to open Milkwood, a neighbourhood bistro in Pontcanna, and has also refurbished The Landsdowne and The Grange and turned them into thriving community pubs. 

 Cerys is clearly good at spinning plates – she’s also Chief Executive of the gender equality charity Chwarae Teg.

This bustling bakery and café is a real passion project for founder Ceri Johnston who was living and working in London when she decided to head home to Wales two years ago. Ceri has worked in the catering industry for 15 years and set up a crowdfunding campaign to get the money together to open 

The Early Bird, and the bakery now focusses on giving something back to the community. As well as enjoying the delicious bread and pastries on offer, customers help support local suppliers and provide opportunities for apprentices to work at the bakery. 

 Ceri says: ‘All the burnt finger tips, early starts and sleepless nights simply wouldn’t be comprehendible if I didn’t really love it.’

Sophie Smith is one half of Hard Lines, a coffee shop and record store that’s beloved by local Cardiff dwellers. Sophie and business partner Matt Jones first set up in 2016 and Cardiff’s caffeine addicts are big fans. 

In fact, Hard Lines got a mention in a MixMag feature about the world’s best record run by women. Now, that’s music to our ears.

If you’re too busy to cook, Nordic Catering can make up your meals for the week and deliver them to your door. Friends Sarah and Jenny, who are both from Finland, met in Cardiff in 2015 and decided to give people the opportunity to try simple and healthy food inspired by the Scandinavian diet: think white fish with greens and Swedish meatballs. 

They also cater for events and offer a private chef service – we should mention that Sarah was a contestant in Hell’s Kitchen Suomi in 2013, so you’re in good hands.

Jane Cook is passionate about protecting our planet. She was so fed up of people thinking that being eco-friendly meant being boring, that she set up Hungry Hippy City, her now hugely popular blog, to prove everyone wrong. The blog, which Jane says has a soft focus on sustainability, features some excellent food and travel writing, and has won two Wales Blog Awards, plus it was shortlisted for a WWF Earth Hour Hero Award. 

She’s determined to prove that anyone, even your average Joe (or Jane), can do their bit to save the earth’s resources, and still enjoy life to the fullest.

Amy Hopkins was tired of searching high and low for fresh and tasty vegan food to eat on the go so decided to do something about it. She and her partner Rhys opened The Moos, a café serving plant-based sandwiches, cakes and smoothies on Whitchurch Road, and it’s proving popular, even with die-hard meat lovers. 

The café hopes to eventually eliminate cow’s milk from the menu to make The Moos 100% vegan.

Lia is a self-taught cook and chef whose food ventures are inspired by the Greek cuisine from her homeland. She has lived in the UK and abroad for the past twenty years and runs pop-up food events, cooking classes and social enterprise projects which focus on the farm to fork approach, reducing food waste, sustainable farming and growing practices, and eating locally and seasonally. 

 Lia says: ‘I have broken bread with people from all around the world and formed friendships sharing food at tables, beaches and forests, and around outdoor fires. Food is a connector. I choose to find similarities with other culinary cultures and it all flows from there’.

Book onto one of her popular supper clubs to taste Lia’s delicious home cooking.

Manon has shown a real flair for food photography and since graduating in 2016, has worked with the likes of Jones Crisps, Milgi and Cardiff Street Food. As well as taking the photos, Manon styles all the shots, build sets and sources props – so don’t be fooled by Instagram because a lot of work goes into taking photos of food! 

 At the moment, Manon is photographing her first book project for The Occasional Vegan by Sarah Philpott.

Thanks to Sarah at Vegging It for her article.

Published -8th March 2019