The Wild Kitchen was established in 2012 by Lucia (prononunced, “Lucheea”) Stuart who lives in Deal, Kent. She believes that expanding nutritional repretoire directly from the landscape around you is key to happiness and an improved food system. With this in mind she hosts foraging adventures in the 'garden of England, Kent. Foraging and natural history is combined with a dining extravaganza. 'Tasting the landscape'; classic cuisine with foraged and 'forgotten' foods such as acorns, algae and sea buckthorn.
Background : In the nineties Lucia ran a cafe in SW France with friends from art school. This rural life immediately invoked a connection to the land further strengthened by an unlikely mentor; a botanist war veteran called 'Juju'. He came to the cafe with his arms full of wild plants for the menu. His insistence on eating food from 'Le terroir' confirmed Lucia's role as a 'forager chef'. With artistic flair, creativity infused everthing. Aesthetics and art feature stongly in the business and its values. The cafe was a huge success featuring in The New York Times. In 1996 theme holidays were launched 'French Food from Hedgerow to Market'.
Author : Having published her stepfathers autobiograph in 1999 (My Kingdom of Books) Lucia wrote and illustrated Eating Flowers in 2011, a foraging cook book for children. The Wild Kitchen opened in 2012 as an off shoot - to teach foraging and gourmet coastal cuisine in the 'garden of England'
Present day : The Wild Kitchen has been established for ten years in an 18th century Ship's pilots house in Deal, Kent, a town seeped in history flanking the North sea with exceptional eco-systems.
Consultancy : Lucia has been commissioned by artists, authors, radio and television.