RNutr (Public Health), FHEA, MA, MSc, BSc (Hons)
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I am a UK Registered Nutritionist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I consult client work on a project basis that includes menu design, recipe writing and nutrition communications.
I have a keen interest in nutrition education, and helping people to understand food in the wider context. I also run food practicals to incorporate aspects of healthy eating.
I have held lead nutritionist roles for food delivery companies that include menu creation, design and writing nutrition communications. These included Kurami UK, the London-based meal delivery company, and The New Luncher, which provides school lunches in Hong Kong and Singapore.
As a career advisor to student nutritionists and new graduates, I have been featured in articles on Big Picture (Wellcome Trust), the Meat and Education programme and British Council’s Study in the UK Guide. I also hold advisory roles for Taste Education and the World Gastronomy Institute.
Alongside my professional practice, I am also a part-time PhD researcher at the Institute for Global Health at the University College London, studying the self-care and postpartum food practices of mothers, their families and caregivers in Chinese society.
I enjoy cooking and eating with friends and family.
Advisory Roles, Professional qualifications and Education
– Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), UKVRN
– Advisor, Taste Education
– Advisor, World Gastronomy Institute
– Member, Nutritionists in Industry
– Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
– PhD (part-time research), Institute of Education (previously Institute for Global Health), University College London, expected to complete in 2025
– MA in Anthropology of Food, SOAS University of London (distinction), conferred 2017
– PG Cert in Academic Practice (Higher Education), St Mary’s University (distinction), conferred 2015
– MSc in Public Health Nutrition, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh (pass), conferred 2008
– BSc in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Hons), Chinese University of Hong Kong (pass), conferred 2006
Nutritionist, Kurami UK, London (consultant)
August 2019 – January 2022
Kurami UK (https://kurami.co.uk/) is a premium meal delivery business which serves clients in London. As their consultant nutritionist, I work with the kitchen team to develop and design menus based on as seasonal offerings, write weekly nutrition newsletters and provide nutrition inputs to mainstream press that have included The Stylist UK, Good housekeeping UK, Sheerluxe UK.
Head of Nutrition, The New Luncher, Hong Kong and Singapore (consultant)
March 2019 – April 2020
The New Luncher (https://thenewluncher.com/en-sg/) caters to schools in Hong Kong and Singapore. As Head of Nutrition, I oversee all food initiatives and with our team, develop healthy and delicious recipes for early to secondary years. I ensure these are compliant with our strict standards of provision and uphold our ethos to educate and nurture a healthy relationship with food in our young people and their families. My articles could be found on their blog page.
Nutritionist and Food Consultant, and Lecturer, Freelance, London and Hong Kong
September 2016 – present
As a Nutrition and Food Consultant, I advise clients on developing materials for various health and wellbeing projects, and run seminars and workshops, with a focus on diet and health. I also conduct nutrition analysis for recipes to help comply with reformulation guidelines.
In addition, I manage and lead community group sessions for different target groups using available resources and ingredients with the Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community Centre. Most recently, I have been teaching Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD) and clients rehabilitating from mental illnesses. I also run workshops on easy family cooking.
I continue to teach about topical food and nutrition issues to a range of students at UK and Hong Kong universities.
Between 2017 to 2019, I was the Nutrition columnist for the UK’s parenting digital magazine, ‘Back to School‘.
Lecturer in Nutrition, School of Sports, Health and Applied Science, St Mary’s University, London
September 2014 – 2016
During this teaching post, I designed and delivered lectures and seminars on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels with an emphasis on public health and health promotion. I also led a research study to explore cultural considerations in dietary choices and infant feeding practices of new Chinese mothers in London featured on the blog for the Oxford Food Symposium.
Nutrition Scientist, Education Group, British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)
September 2008 – September 2014
As the appointed Nutrition Scientist in Education, I presented video podcasts on BNF’s Youtube page, delivered nutrition updates at annual regional conferences in the UK (each up to 200+ teachers) and conducted regular eSeminars on topical nutrition issues to different audiences.
I co-authored and secured grants to implement, and wrote materials for, UK and EU-wide initiatives to educate young people on healthy eating and where food comes from, including the UK’s first national Healthy Eating Week, reaching over 1 million young people. Print and digital interactive educational resources that I led on developing on BNF’s education site Food – a Fact of Life included a nutrition analysis application and lifestyle assessment tool. I also piloted and created course materials for BNF’s online nutrition training platform, and led to ensure its optimal functionality.
During this time, I also conducted and published research on the consumption of ethnic foods and the diets of minority ethnic groups in the UK in academic journals and newsletters by partner charities and the industry.
I was the Liaison Link for BNF’s member companies and advisor to the London Schools Nutritionists Network.
Research Assistant, Food and Nutritional Sciences Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
January 2007 – August 2007
As an early career researcher and teaching assistant, I managed the data collection and analysis of Hong Kong’s first Food Consumption Survey and supported other nutrition research projects. I also taught and assessed undergraduate students on community nutrition and nutrition policy.
The Market: Naples, London and Hong Kong (16 October, 2020) Available at: https://vittles.substack.com/p/the-market-naples-london-and-hong
A Big Bag of Cans: Making use of tinned fish and meats (8 April, 2020) Available at: https://vittles.substack.com/p/vittles-24
Leung and Law (2018) Postnatal practices and health beliefs by the Chinese community in the UK. Available here
Leung (2017) Cultural considerations in postnatal dietary and infant feeding practices amongst Chinese mothers in London. British Journal of Midwifery. 25: 1-7.
Leung (2013) Health impact of diet in minority ethnic groups. Practice Nurse 43 (12): 26-29
Leung and Stanner (2012) Is diet to blame for poor health of minority ethnic groups in the UK? Nutrition Society: Your nutrition
Leung and Stanner (2011) Diets of minority ethnic groups in the UK: influence on chronic disease risk and implications for prevention. Nutrition Bulletin 36 (2): 161-198 (summary published in Network Health Dietitians)
Leung (2010) Understanding Halal Food Supply Chain. Nutrition Bulletin 35 (4): 371-372
Leung (2010) Ethnic foods in the UK. Nutrition Bulletin. 35 (3):226-234
Leung (2009) Functional Food Centre, Oxford Brookes University. Nutrition Bulletin. 34 (3): 324-326
Leung (2009) National Obesity Forum 6th Annual Conference. Nutrition Bulletin. 34 (1): 97-102