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James and Jen Middlehurst


Kalm Kitchen owners, Jen and James Middlehurst brought their luxury catering business to the Isle of Wight because of family ties.


Now they share their passion for creative events with both Islanders and mainland customers. The family run- business deals mainly with weddings and corporate events, sprinkling just enough magic to make them unforgettable.


“We launched in 2008, with a vision to elevate event catering to a new level and bring something more to the table. As well as serving food of the highest quality, we design exceptional experiences that push creative boundaries.”


Jen uses her creative flair to to bring people’s event visions to fruition. She has an eye for style and loves to provide a personalised service to Kalm Kitchen customers.


James has a straightforward approach to food, and uses his training from the Tante Mari Culinary Academy to turn the very best ingredients into something special for high profile events.


“Moving to the Island has given us the ability to separate work and home. With the new addition of baby Freddie, we now more than ever want to watch our children grow and flourish. The endless outdoor opportunities we all now have has enriched our weekends and broadened our interests and skills. Weekends are no longer empty days to fill but days of trying to juggle how we can fit in everyone’s activity. Weather is a horse riding lesson at Island Riding, a football match with the Bembridge boys, whipping round to Priory Bay on the boat for a BBQ or taking Berry the dog on a beach walk to The Dell.


We commute each day on The Hover and can be at our desks in Guildford in an hour from home. Neither James nor I would swap that feeling of serenity we both experience crossing that little bit of sea each evening on our way home.”


Tom and Sophie Court


Professional kiteboarder, Tom Court, was born and raised in Freshwater. Now owner of video production company, Ripslix, he travels the world with his wife, Sophie. Despite visiting some of the world’s most beautiful countries, the couple are proud to call the Island their home.


London-born Sophie left the UK at 18 and planted her roots in Tarifa, Spain, while she travelled the globe as a windsurfer and professional kiteboarder. Now she consults and writes for some of the world’s top action sport and lifestyle brands.


Tom and Sophie travel both individually and together and share branding company, the Original Brand Lab. The company combines their skills, harnesses the power of action sports and style of living, and provides media campaigns to products, destinations, companies and services worldwide. Campaigns communicate aspirational lifestyles and achievable experiences.


You can often find Tom and Sophie kiteboarding in their backyard at Colwell Bay or over at Hurst Castle, surfing at Compton, SUPing up the River Yar, jumping off cliffs with a paraglider or catching fish for supper, documenting it as they go - which over time has re-imaged the Isle of Wight as The Active Island, showcasing all its cool businesses and opportunities in a new light.


“I launched my professional kiteboarding career on the Isle of Wight when I was a kid,” said Tom. “I’ve travelled all over the globe, surfed the best breaks and kiteboarded in the world’s hot spots but I’ve yet to find a spot that has all that and is so well communicated to the rest of the world. They say there is no place like home, but for me this really is true.”


Sophie said: “I would never consider the UK as a place to call home if it wasn’t for the Isle of Wight. Life is the about the work/play balance. For me there is never a day off and having world class conditions for the sports that I love to do, and work in, right on my doorstep is why I choose to live here. Getting in and out of London is so easy and I never feel I miss out on anything because of the stretch of water that separates the us from the mainland. House prices are so much kinder which means I can live on the beach! The Island is the new-good-life and there’s a quality of lifestyle that is not available in most of the UK.”


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