“As we creep into the 21st century, food and health are paramount. There is increasingly large scale, industrial food production, flown from many miles away or peppered with unknown chemicals. My wish is to merely to balance this by showing what grows around us and how best to cook and eat it. By enjoying a handful of wild herbs or a frond of nutritious seaweed, I believe we are respecting both ourselves and the land.”
Lucia Stuart was born in Greece to Scottish parents. She is a professional, full time forager and wild food cook and the author of Eating Flowers, a botanical cook book. Throughout the nineties she owned a cafe/restaurant in the South of France. In 1997 she began gourmet holidays; ‘French Food from Hedgerow to Market’. which gained international acclaim.
Back in England, Lucia cooked in London dining rooms whilst writing an illustrated cook book, Eating Flowers with the aim of making wild plants easy to recognise for young children. However, adults were also eager to learn about wild food which led to Lucia’s company The Wild Kitchen being established in 2012.
The Wild Kitchen offers coastal foraging days, wild food events and seaweed cookery lessons with a client list that includes Kew Gardens, The Eden Project and the BBC where she has been filmed with Paul Hollywood and Dr Michael Mosley. She is a Member of The Association of Foragers and holds a Seaweed harvesting licence.