Combining five years in London and my unwavering passion for spreading the message of ultimate health, I somehow made a global mark as a detox and raw food expert and have been hailed by the media as the UK's top holistic coach.
My weekly ritual consisted of blogging on www.BetterRaw.com, facilitating meditation retreats in the UK and Ecuador, running raw food workshops around London, writing recipe eBooks, speaking at some of UK's most prestigious events, promoting my Amazon #1 selling DVD RawFood101, collaborating on menu development with various living food brands and working with a select number of clients in bespoke coaching programs.
One day I received a phone call from a dynamic duo couple, Linda and Andreas, enquiring about wellness coaching. I loved them immediately. They were probably two of the busiest people I've ever met, travelling the world, running a group of hotels in Chelsea, Bloomsbury and Brighton, called myhotels, all while building a brand new wellness centre in Corfu. Yet, there was so much peace within them and light around them, it was both inspiring and humbling to get an opportunity of becoming their coach. They always referred to me as Raw Tanya, I suppose for the cuisine I promoted and for speaking my truth so openly.
On one of our Skype sessions, Andreas asked me to list some of the raw food eateries in London for them to explore. It was an easy task because I could count them on my two hands. Yet there was still none that were fully raw and fully organic. He was surprised that my list didn't include Chelsea (Andreas and Linda spent the majority of their time there), to that I asked him if he could wait a few months.
Just weeks prior to this conversation, I added my very own raw food restaurant to my vision board with two locations in mind- Chelsea or Parson's Green. I was already speaking to agents and gathering information on the area, when Andreas invited me to myhotel Chelsea for viewing it as an option.
The moment I stepped into the hotel, I was instantly drawn to the energy within it and blown away by the powerful mandalas on its walls and crystals on its shelves. Then seeing the conservatory was really something else. It embodied everything wellness stands for and I could instantly imagine a multitude of smiling faces spread under its glass roof, enjoying green juices, conversation and raw chocolates.
As a company, myhotels began to green their way several years ago by joining forces with Healthy Planet, which led them to put recycling bins in all of the rooms, use Bio-cleaning products in all their hotels and put their most important ally in food production- the honey bee, on their roof tops.
Raw food fit into their ever-emerging profile as a Green hotel perfectly but it was the sheer decadence of flavour, which was the piece of the Chelsea puzzle that seamlessly sealed the deal!
Both Andreas and Linda saw my capacity to create food that was not just healthy for people and the planet but stunning and delicious by any standard. Our values aligned in all possible ways and we were all ecstatic to join forces in offering such a beautiful, innovative and enlivening cuisine to Chelsea, London and everyone visiting the UK.
I collaborated with friends to first run a few SupperClubs, called Raw in Chelsea. These evenings attracted attendees from all across Europe and sold out within days.
We already knew that we wanted to offer cold pressed juices and nut milk coffees for breakfast, artisan living dishes for lunch and superfood cocktails after four, but we hadn't come up with a name for the restaurant. So I began asking everyone to write down name suggestions in their SupperClub, Workshop and Retreat feedback forms. Without offering any ideas myself, the majority wrote this... 'Tanya's'.
Tanya's was born.
Tanya’s opened its doors to the public after a mini soft opening on 28th July 2014. It was the sunniest of all sunny days, we had more people through the doors than anticipated and managed to run out of ALL the food.
Yep, it’s true! Someone travelled for 3 hours to us on a train, only to discover that our kitchen wasn’t serving any more dishes and asked if we could scrape out any remains.
We’ve had days when we’d run out of raw carrot cake and one table would strike a deal with another to leave them a forkful. We’ve had days with queues of people stretching outside. Some were willing to eat standing! We’ve had 18-hour-work days. We’ve had juice-exploding-all-over-the-ceiling days, chocolate-melting-all-over-the-counter days, bring-your-baby-to-work days (and work-with-that-baby-strapped-to-you days) and even chef-wearing-six-inch-heels days. We’ve had days when Tanya’s was on a billboard at Knightsbridge station.
There were so many days of Tanya’s.
I wouldn’t even change one of them! After all, it is my calling to spread the message of living foods and all I’ve ever done, which truly mattered, has been because YOU asked for it.
-You asked for 1-2-1 coaching so I personalised my workshops.
-When all of your friends wanted a detox plan of their own, PDF docs were created.
-This, in turn, birthed my first eBook ‘Purified’.
-You said you lived too far away for my classes, ‘Raw Food 101’ DVD was the answer.
-Retreats were developed for those keen to live and breathe this lifestyle for a week.
-More recipes and hot tips called for ‘The Uncook Book’ to be written.
-You wanted to enjoy those recipes with a day off from the kitchen, Tanya’s cafe in Chelsea was created.
So after a pop-up at a fitness centre and a pop-up at Selfridges, after countless events, bespoke raw cake orders, Opentable bookings, deliveries and take aways, and after the ‘Made in Chelsea’ plus ‘The Apprentice’ appearance, we know exactly what You’re after next…
You want Tanya’s cakes, juices and adventure bowls, but you want them EVEN faster and in MORE locations.
And so it shall be!
We are transforming from Tanya’s restaurant as you know it into a Tanya’s Grab’n’Go Retail shop as you want it to be.
-This will also enable us to be open more hours in the day and operate 7 days per week.
-Our expanded production capacity will mean we can finally start saying YES to other cafes and shops wanting to stock our products.
-And we’ll be joining forces with MY Kitchen, which means that if your non-vegan friends wanted to join you for lunch… all aboard!
-TanyasCafe.com plus BetterRaw.com will merge into one delicious online wellness hub.
-Aaaand our ‘Deliveroo’ home delivery menu will have more of your favourites!
-Aaaand you can expect to see me running uncookery workshops again!
In order for all of this to work, the entire ground zone of MY Chelsea hotel will need to be remodelled. This means our last day of operation was Sunday 6th November to reopen again in Spring 2017!
There is soooo much more I want to tell you, so I’ll be keeping you in the loop via social media, even during construction.
So in summary:
-Tanya’s Restaurant is transforming into Tanya’s Retail.
-We will be closed 6th November until Spring 2017 to remodel.
-The entire ground floor zone of MY Chelsea hotel will be renovated.
-You can still grab a juice and raw cake from MY Chelsea during the remodelling period.
-You can follow our progress all along via IG (@tanyaschelsea), FB (@tanyassuperfoods) and TW (@tanyascafe).
-We love you! Thank you for the years of support and for continuing to inspire us to do more good. You are the best!