Donald Sloan believes in the power of food and drink as cultural entities. As Chair & Founder of The Oxford Cultural Collective (OCC), Donald sees food and drink as being at the heart of who we are as people, how we think about ourselves, how others perceive us. “They are a sense of pride, identification”, he suggests. Donald feels that in the UK we have become distant from food. He talks passionately about the role of food in community, “Any community that is connected to where their food comes from, to the traditions surrounding the food will have a sense of connection with it and that will unavoidably strengthen that community”. He has created his own vibrant community (OCC) in which everyone can flourish, feel a sense of belonging to and connection with. OCC is something that people can input to and draw energy from. Formerly Head of The Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, Donald became interested in organisational structures and consciously creating a positive environment where people can become the best version of themselves. Always using food and drink and hospitality education to positively impact individual lives and communities, there are plans for an academy to include gastronomy and food writing masterclasses. “Food is a particularly powerful emotional connector to where you and others before you came from, and a way to let others understand you”, Donald enthuses. “Food should be enjoyable and pleasurable”. Just like this podcast! Bon Appetite!

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