Dan May was born in south west London in 1969. In 1972 he moved with his parents and baby sister to Somerset and that was the beginning of the end. Without a full time job to keep her occupied his mother decided that he should not only learn to cook but do so with an independent mind. So from a very young age he started to ignore conventional wisdom and set out upon a rather haphazard path through life.
His love of music and lack of a better idea led him to tour some of the least pleasant venues in Britain and Europe in various bands before a brief stint working as a lighting engineer was ended by a St Patrick's Day incident involving Guinness, a very high lighting rig and cavalier approach to risk assessment.
For the next 13 years Dan travelled and worked as a landscape photographer, producing images that were used by companies all over the world. His love of some of the most remote places in the world first brought him into close contact not only with chillies, but with people who cooked with them and loved them. A relationship developed that was quite unintentionally life-changing.
Dan grew some chillies as a hobby in 2005 and before he knew it he had the world's most northerly chilli farm and had accidentally changed career (again). For the next 8 years Trees Can't Dance supplied an ever growing range of chilli saucery throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Everything lovingly made by hand. Now Dan is about to launch his most exiting venture yet - The Red Hot Supper Club.
There will be opportunities to enjoy secret journeys in dining in unforgettable locations and maybe, just maybe, to get your hands on the ultimate chilli sauce, oak aged and laid down to mature in a quiet place with only Radio 3 for company. Sign up to follow his progress on Twitter @RedHotSupper or on his blog www.redhotsupperclub.com