We are looking for chefs, foragers and gastronomists to spend time with us, working as part of our day to day foraging operation in the Kent countryside in the south of England. Often being a stagier in a restaurant means doing fairly basic and repetitive task for much of the time. Whereas here, depending on how long you stay you will forage for as many 160 species of plants, seaweeds and mushrooms, work in a wide variety of habitats and also spend time in our kitchen processing plants for storage (e.g. lacto fermenting) and helping us develop new uses for the ingredients.  We think a grounding in the harvesting and use of wild ingredients ought to be a required element in any modern chefs training and experience.

We are especially interested in welcoming people from overseas, as we are looking to forge partnerships with people working with wild plants in as many countries as we can as part of our long term goal to help promote wild food on a world wide scale. 

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My perspective on the world has changed, I no longer just see fields of green and seas of blue,. When I look around now I see an abundant and diverse array of delicious and nutritious wild foods waiting to be consumed.

In my four weeks spent at Forager, a lot of things have happend for me. Previously I worked in journalism and after studying at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra/Italy, I was looking for ways to engage with the world of (wild) food.

I approached Forager in early 2016 while searching for a group of commercial foragers with whom to carry out eight weeks of ethnographic fieldwork for my MSc dissertation in ethnobotany (or the relationship between people and plants) at the University of Kent.

Forager. On the surface, a group of people roaming Kent finding fodder the rest of us have long forgotten. When you peer deeper,it is a collective like minded, enthusiasts changing the way we think about food and our interaction with everything we eat, one plant at a time. After just a week out gathering with Forager my views of the food chain changed irreversibly. Already open to the idea of wild food, the talented and knowledgeable team showed how to turn this idea into reality. 

It is no surprise that the Forager team is incredibly knowledgeable about wild plants and their environment, harvest, flavors and utilizations.  They have gained a profound reputation through determination, creativity, and a genuine care not only about their immediate surroundings, but also knowledge sharing with others, promoting a larger appreciation of wild plant usage around the world. 

I can start my testimonial with one word: it changed my life forever, after my experience at forager my whole perspective shifted - about the world and how we connect our self with it. 

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A few words from our current Stagiers about the Wild Food Experience as part of the Forager team.