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Restaurant Owner and Foody Wiz'
This is the 14th year since I bought this beautiful old property and turned it into my home as well as my restaurant – truly a very satisfying thing to do. As a Suffolk boy – born and bred – it was always my intention to have my own business here in the heart of my beloved county, where I could indulge myself and all my customers with the foods I love to cook and eat.
I am passionate about the amazing food products found here in East Anglia, and the terrific people who produce them. Quality, sustainability, freshness, food miles and fair trade are all words used so often these days as marketing tools to increase sales – but I see them as key ingredients in the success of my business – top quality, seasonal fresh food, sourced locally at a sensible price – cooked with love and passion and served with a smile! The Froize is all about the food – and the people who eat it!
Wildlife Gadget Wiz'
Jason Alexander, known by many as the ‘Wildlife Gadget Man’ Is an award-winning blogger, writer and designer with a passion for wildlife and technology.
Jason firmly believes technology is not the reason why many adults and children feel disconnected from nature and the outdoors.
So, he is on a mission to discover how he can use modern society’s love of gadgets to re-ignite a passion in all of us for wildlife and the natural world.
Jason is also our ‘Wizard in Residence’ at The Froize, heading up all things connected with ‘Wild about Froize’ that’s the technological department of ‘Froize Uncovered’
Forgaing Wiz' and Cheese Wiz'
Vivia has lived in Suffolk for over 30 years and in that time, has become fascinated by the landscape, sometimes, walking the same lane for many years, obsessed with food and ‘half an eye’ for spotting a free lunch. The questions on her lips when finding a new plant are ‘Can I eat it? Is it useful? What stories are linked to it?’ Vivia is often to be found foraging not only for food, but also seeking out the knowledge of a plants medicinal uses and enthralling folklore.
Having grown up in the heart of the West Country, the granddaughter of a dairy farmer and cheese maker, she has spent the last few years investigating the lost cheeses of Suffolk. The quest has unearthed everything from the inedible to the probably delectable, but with no detailed recipes this has become an exploration in social history, chemistry and turophilia.
Come into the ‘Telling Room’ she will suggest… (a place where obsessions for lost cheeses are shared) and find out that it was discovering the word ‘Bang’ in a dialect book, a word that described a cheese that was so bad that it was eventually banned. Her mild obsession was born!
Vivia enjoys nothing better than an exploration of the wonderful woodlands and countryside of our beautiful county, and bathing in all its glories! (Yes, she is also a wild swimmer!)
David has only been interested in astronomy for the last five years with a particular passion for astrophotography.
Having come late to the subject he is proof that it’s never too late to get started!
Presently Chairman of the Orwell Astronomical Society in Ipswich and photography lead for the Darsham Astronomical Society he takes great enjoyment from passing on what he has learned to others through various presentations that he has prepared. Being a relative beginner himself he feels in a good position to present the topic at a level suitable for all.
To facilitate his astrophotography he built his own observatory, although this is by no means a prerequisite to enjoyment. In fact one of his main aims is to show that astronomy is an interest suitable to all age groups and abilities both male and female that does not have to be anything like as expensive or difficult as folk law and the magazine advertising agents would suggest.
His hope is that he can pass on his boundless enthusiasm to others so they too can be enthralled by the natural wonders that are available in our night skies.
David says: ‘One thing I warn you though, it is addictive!’
Tony Bell is a photographer based in East Anglia. Over the years he has photographed a wide variety of subjects from industrial technology to rabbit food for an eclectic assortment of clients. By far his favourite subject: musicians! Not for him the controlled set up of studio portraits, no Tony calls it “extreme portraiture” he captures them performing live on stage where you have no control over pose, lighting or wardrobe. In 2014 he began an association with Grapevine Magazine where he not only photographs musicans, bands and performers but also gets the opportunity to interview them.
“Before, as a pure photographer, I was happy enough to get the shot. Since I now get to talk to the people I see through my lens, photographing them has become a much more satisfying experience – now, it’s personal!”
Wildlife Art Wiz'
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Botanical Booze Wiz'
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Mike has been passionate about seafood all his life. He grew up in Suffolk, close to the tiny fishing hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry and spent a lot of his youth afloat, crewing for a local fisherman, long-lining for cod and potting for lobsters. He now keeps his own boat there and still fishes his own pots for crab and lobster, the latter of which he admits to having a healthy addiction to!
He writes a blog “A Passion for Seafood” which was shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers, Best Food Blog Award in 2016 which explores and fosters the connection between the consumer and the fishing industry. www.eastcoastavocet.com. Mike spends a lot of his time either aboard fishing boats or at harbours, quaysides and fish markets, talking to fishermen and championing traceable and sustainably-caught UK fish and shellfish. You can usually spot him by the accompanying herring gulls.
Mike also writes both technical and creative articles for fishing industry and consumer publications and is a Committee Member of the Guild of Food Writers. When not catching or writing about seafood then he’s generally eating it and works as a consultant with some of the UK’s most noted chefs and writers. He’s equally passionate about educating people on the health benefits of eating fish and is always happy to talk seafood.
Campfire Cooking Wiz'
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