I’d heard a lot about Chris Bax and his Taste the Wild courses but had never met him until I found myself sitting next to him at at a dinner at the Star Inn to launch Yorkshire Food Finder and discovered what a charming, enthusiast and knowledgeable guy he is.
Chris is a former chef who loves travel, the outdoors and became increasingly interested in wild plants through his partner Rose who is an expert in plant identification. Together they set up Taste the Wild with the aim of promoting ‘wild foods as exciting ingredients to use in innovative ways.’
Through the seasons, their promise is to find tasty wild food: ‘tender shoots and blossoms in spring, flowers and herbs in summer, and autumn fruits and mushrooms’.Their base is an 18 acre wood and barn near Knaresborough from where they run day and weekend courses on wild food foraging and artisan skills such as bread and cheesemaking. Their coastal fishing and foraging courses are held in Staithes and Flookburgh near Morecambe Bay. Their newest course, if you have the stomach for it and veggies look away, is ‘A Deer in a Day’ where you learn to skin, bone and joint a roe deer from the start!
To find out more and to book onto a course look at the website www.tastethewild.co.uk
Our name Squidbeak is inspired by graffiti seen in a swanky Yorkshire restaurant describing a pretentious meal: "Squidbeak of a bum arse on a bed of bum gravy". It sums up our aversion to overpriced, gussied-up food. That doesn't mean we don't love new, creative cooking. Just that Squidbeak means no bull. Squid,’ says a biology professor at the University of California are ‘whimsical and always hungry’. That's us.