Whether it's inspiring 1400 inner city primary school children at the recent BBC @ Food connections festival alongside players from Bristol City, RFC and basketball or teaching athletes at London Youth Rowing how to cook delicious and nutritious food to fuel their training with help from LYR Head Coach, Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Hunter MBE, Kate Percy is at her happiest when sharing her passion for food. She is perhaps best summed up by Tobias Mews, Telegraph columnist and Adventure Athlete when he says:
"When it comes to infectious enthusiasm, Kate has it in bucket loads. Whether it’s in person or reading her books, her love for food is as transparent as a glass window. And if ever there was an excuse to exercise more, it’s to eat her yummy recipes which, by some good fortune, also make you go faster. It's a win win all round!"
Passionate about the link between good eating and better athletic performance and the vital role food plays in fuelling concentration, focus, endurance and recovery, Kate's no-nonsense approach to nutrition puts theory into good practice with mouth-watering, nutritious and fuss-free recipes to help active people fulfill their potential.
Kate’s 'lightbulb' moment came from seeing her husband struggle in his training for the New York Marathon in 2000. Sounding like a stuck record his general miserableness was only alleviated when she came across a new concept, the Glycaemic Index, which looked at how different food releases energy at different rates. Kate voraciously devoured all the books and articles which could enlighten her and the result was the now classic ‘Go Faster Food’, published by Vermilion in 2009. She has since become a well-respected food for fitness writer, has run workshops for the BBC and Sky Sports, and regularly contributes to 220 Triathlon, Running Fitness and Runners’ World as well as to the Nationals. Kate also works as a consultant for brands including Pink Lady® Apples and outdoor fitness gear specialist Merrell.
Championed by schools, sports organisations and charities, Kate's Go Faster approach to healthy eating has captured the imagination of children, families and schools across the UK and beyond.
Kate's work has been endorsed by Double Olympian Liz Yelling, Olympic Champion Rebecca Romero, MBE, and Programme Director for the Master of Science in Nutrition Physical Activity and Public Health at the University of Bristol, Sue Baic MSc RD RNutr.
Athlete, serial marathon runner and cook, Kate Percy's imaginative recipes are based on her personal experiences of training, racing and cooking for her active family. Kate lives in Bristol, UK, with her husband and three children, Helena, James and Will.