Why did you start wild one? Wild One was a long lusted over dream for me. Four years ago I had the time of my life backpacking Asia, although unfortunately at the same time I contracted a series of illnesses related to gut health that have plagued me ever since. I suddenly had to take entire food groups out of my diet just to get out of bed in the morning and work a regular week. Ihad to learn how to make myself well again by replacing food options and along the way I learnt about the horrible truths of a lot of our every day foods. I also found eating out practically impossible. And so the dream was born; I wanted to create a space where everyone could come and enjoy real, wholesome, nourishing foods, without the nasties, no matter your allergies or diet restrictions. Simply delicious food for everyone.
Where did you get the name? And why did you choose to start it at the Mount? The name Wild One actually encompasses myself, my past and the café perfectly. I think if you asked any one who knows me well they would agree that my sense of adventure, enthusiasm, excitable nature and general lifestyle would class me as a bit of a wild one. As for the café, we embrace these qualities: creators, dreamers, lovers, adventurers. And our food being plant based and whole-foods is rather wild itself. The Mount was always the plan for me, it seemed like the perfect community of fit and vivacious people. Although I must admit I was not prepared for the volume of caring, supportive and welcoming people in this beautiful tight knit town.
Describe your own personal style? Boho meets vintage grunge meets minimalist/wanna be Scandinavian, it’s all rather confusing.
What is your favourite place in the world? Such a tough one! Probably a tiny village called Pai in Northern Thailand tied with anywhere in whimsical Turkey.
When you are creating gorgeous food what are you doing? Dreaming, writing, reading, doing yoga, shopping (serious addiction), spending time with loved ones.
What is your daily source of inspiration? Ah everything and anything! “We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantment waiting for our alchemist eyes to notice”. Jacob Nordby.
Where are you travelling to next? Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
Who are your dream dinner-party guests? My beautiful friends whom are scattered all over the world.
What is your favourite meal ever? Ah way too hard! Anything Moroccan, Thai or Italian that my body can tolerate.
Where is your favourite restaurant? Depends on the country. Possibly a super simple old Italian Pizza joint in Naples.
Tell us the best piece of advice anyone has given you? “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”