A childhood in the Surrey Hills is where my passion for all things wild began.
Needless to say, homework was not my first port of call upon returning home from school – I’d head straight to the woods. Climbing trees, building dams across ditches and making mud forts. The woods are where I’m truly at peace and building fires to cook over in amongst the trees in the great outdoors makes me one very happy chap.
I first stepped foot in a working kitchen at the age of 15 – coming from a mainly vegetarian/vegan family, I had quite the baptism of fire when first confronted with a chiller full of pheasants. Discovering where food came from became a passion and I made it my mission to learn my craft utilising all animals from nose to tail, and all fresh produce from root to fruit.
Outside of the time working in the kitchen, my food inspired adventure also granted time working in a fantastic local butchery and farm shop, providing further insight into the importance of provenance and getting the most out of every part of the animal, as well as experience with curing meat, preserving and pickling local produce and baking bread, pies and pastries.
A life-long food loving, waste-hater with a passion for action and generating new ideas, I’ve always been motivated to inspiring others in the kitchen.
My passion for food was influenced by a childhood growing up in northern Italy, a region deeply proud of their relationship with their cuisine. It was ingrained in me from an early age that food was not mere fuel, but something to be savoured and enjoyed in the company of family and friends.
I also find great inspiration from my travels, tasting locally distinct foods and drinks that illuminate a region’s unique culture, geography, history, and lore. Since meeting Christian, as much as my love for travelling will never fade, my eyes have been opened to the incredible variety of produce available on our doorstep here in Surrey – and I can’t wait to share this message far and wide.
After a decade working in a variety of Marketing, PR & Events roles within the Automotive Industry, I left the corporate world and the conventional 9 to 5 hungry for change. Creative by nature with an eye for detail, my events and marketing skills combined with Christian’s cooking experience and knowledge of locally sourced ingredients completed our puzzle.
After joining us around our dining tables at a number of events, Flori joined the team in May 2019 as a chef with extensive experience within the industry. With a passion for the great outdoors, she has traded London’s finest kitchens between four walls for a spot cooking over our open fires.
With a drive to create memorable events, an eye for detail and endless energy, Flori is happiest around the fires alongside Christian. She’s also earned the title “Fancy Flori“, thanks to her rather chef-y terminology!
Poppy joined us in late 2019 on her return from travels down under! With a love for the great outdoors (and equally as important a love for feasting!), Poppy slots in perfectly to our little team, supporting us at our events and behind the scenes on Marketing and Admin.
Poppy used to work in Interior Design in London before taking a few years out to travel parts of the world, re-training as a florist in Australia. She also runs a wildly inspired floristry business Poppy Wild Floral (look out for our floral collaborations!).
Poppy enjoys yoga, dog walking and exploring in her free time.
Joining us in Autumn 2019, Lucas brings with him a wealth of fine dining experience – as well as also having worked in a butchery and bakery.
Outside of the commercial kitchen, Lucas has always had a strong drive to feast on as many foraged ingredients as possible! He has developed his wild food knowledge by getting his hands dirty outdoors, with support from peers in the foragers community helping along the way! There’s nothing Lucas loves more than stoking the fires in our outdoor kitchen, axe in one hand, coffee in the other!
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Meet Freddie, The Salt Box’s CEO (that’s Child Executive Officer).
A nine year old with a passion for adventure, a great lover of the outdoors and a driving inspiration behind our ongoing commitment to sharing where our food comes from. Getting him involved in the kitchen wherever we can is super important, fingers crossed he’ll be ready to run our events and courses any time soon.
Ami has supported us at our events since day one, working front-of-house at our feasts over fire!
Hard-working and always smiling, Ami has a strong sense of customer service and is always up for a challenge (as well as always armed with tupper ware on the off chance there are leftovers!).