Our Staff

Here at Real Foods we think we have a really good team of people who are working hard everyday to help all our customers achieve a healthier life through what they eat. 


Meet Balazs

This is Balazs, who joined the webshop team in 2016 and is not only a great assistant manager but the Toughest Firefighter in Hungary 2012! 

Balazs was born in Hungary and studied Law Enforcement Management for his Bsc and Msc. Previously a Fireman Lieutenant, he moved to London a few years ago and then up to Edinburgh. A committed vegan for 8 years Balazs decided Real Foods would be the perfect place to work as we have a lot of vegan foods and other healthy snacks. He is keen on fitness too (particularly stair running), which helps him cope with lifting sacks and sending 30kg parcels out! He came 3rd in the European Championships 2013 and was the Hungarian national champion 3 times.

What do you love from Real Foods?

He's vegan mainly for environmental reasons, but also for health and fitness and as much as he loves organic fruit and vegetables he's also very partial to trying out the new vegan cheeses and sausages...


Meet Jamila

Jamila is now a qualified nutritionist and also assistant manager of the webshop team at Real Foods.

Jamila was born in Glasgow but raised in Edinburgh and, before deciding to pursue a career in nutrition, harboured dreams of becoming a postman. When she’s not fantasising about being chased by dogs (she even has her own dog, Lily, to practice with), she loves spending time with friends and family. She can often be spotted out in the wild with one of her numerous sisters.

She has recently finished studying at Queen Margaret University, and now has a degree in Nutrition. Her interest in healthy eating meant that she was often in Real Foods as a customer sourcing supplies, and it made perfect sense for her to work in an environment that supported and related to her academic studies. She's worked with us throughout her degree and has now joined us full-time.

What do you love from Real Foods?

Jamila loves making smoothies with mixed berries and coconut water, and recommends the frozen fruit available in store at Real Foods. 

Elena-Customer-Service-Real-Foods-WebshopMeet Elena

Meet Elena, one of our Webshop Customer Service Representatives.

Elena is from Bergamo, in northern Italy between Milan and Switzerland. She moved to Edinburgh 9 years ago to study, and fell in love with the city. Her main focus in the Webshop is responding to customer queries and helping to get orders ready to go. She's usually the first person to answer the phone and her speed on emails is legendary!

Elena is an avid cyclist and has even ridden her touring bike from Canada to Mexico, through the Rockies! She's most recently returned the Matterhorn running the Ultraks 30k for women where she came 16th!

What do you love from Real Foods?

Elena loves the wide range of superfoods that Real Foods offers – in particular she enjoys making fruit salads with yogurt mixed with acai powder, and adds plenty of seeds – chia, hemp, flax... yum!

Gail-Manager-Tollcross-Real-FoodsMeet Gail

This is Gail, Roller Derby wrecking ball and manager of our Brougham Street branch.

Gail was born and bred in Edinburgh, growing up with Real Foods on her doorstep. Having known about us since childhood it was an easy choice for Gail to join the Real Foods team, especially as she has a keen interest in healthy, ethical and sustainable produce. She has been with us for just over two years, and has a particular fondness for our fresh broccoli and avocados (which she insists are the best in Edinburgh).

Before joining Real Foods, Gail studied Jewellery & Silversmithing, as well as Aromatherapy Massage. She loves cats and loud music (a potentially volatile and claw-filled combination), as well as knitting (which the cats probably prefer to the loud music). She has also recently taken up Roller Derby, so don’t be surprised if you soon find Brougham Street stocked to the brim with this arnica cream!

What do you love from Real Foods?

Apart from the broccoli and avocados mentioned above Gail is also partial to a bar of raw chocolate or three.


Meet Séamus

If you’ve visited either of our Edinburgh stores then there’s a good chance you’ll have bumped into Séamus, our resident techno wizard (and the reason I now know the keyboard shortcut for an accented ‘e’).

Séamus hails from Dunbar, east of Edinburgh, and is a keen amateur chef. With a long standing appreciation for organic, natural and local produce, he is a firm believer that high quality ingredients can make a huge difference when throwing together a meal. With a background in organic retail, Séamus moved to Edinburgh and was struck by the variety and quality of natural and ethical products available at Real Foods, deciding shortly afterwards to join our team. He busies himself by serving customers on and off the tills, as well as helping to add new products to our website.

Outside of work Séamus enjoys tinkering with computers and technology, playing video games and creating music. His technical expertise is put to good use when recording, producing and performing with his band, whose industrial/electronic tendencies certainly contrast with his gentle, cuddly exterior.

What do you love from Real Foods?

Séamus is a self-confessed pastry addict, and is particularly partial to the Au Gourmand range available at Real Foods. When asked for a few words of wisdom, he told us (between mouthfuls of croissant) ‘start as you mean to go on’, before leaving to hunt for more pastries.