Sol Haven - The Loving Chef
Sol Havens Community Interest Company is a fulfilment of dreams for Sammuel and Natasha and their personal stories have both fueled and directed their passion to make it happen. With the help of volunteers from all over the world, they are creating a community farm based in Moulton, Northampton. Their aim is to connect homeless and vulnerable adults together with Mother Earth, providing a world of nourishment and rejuvenation through improving peoples' mental and physical wellbeing. Offering steps up so others can help themselves, grow, evolve and believe in themselves, to blossom to their greatness while respecting the gift of which Mother Earth has given, so we can all live in harmony with each other and nurture the planet we live on. "Our Purpose in life is to coordinate and orchestrate safe havens to heal, nourish and rejuvenate wholeness and light while connecting with mother earth" They work closely with the Northampton Hope Centre, and other charities and organisations providing training on rural skills, growing, cooking and budgeting enabling people to gain confidence and social skills. They nurture and grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, all of which, are used by their in-house Michelin trained chef Natasha, who creates award-winning beautiful handcrafted Vegan food. She then goes out and attends food festivals, farmers markets, performs cookery demonstrations, keynote speaking and cookery lessons while sharing her knowledge and wisdom. On-site there is a large national lottery-funded Yurt perfect for private hire, bespoke courses, retreats or meditations, corporate days, team building, or your own very special celebration gathering all offered with catering by The Loving Chef. The yurt also opens her doors for a pop-up restaurant on Friday lunch times, where Natasha offers 2 courses, a communal table with an opportunity to meet others and spend time in the like-minded company There are many wellbeing events put on at the farm like yoga, drumming and cooking Master Classes - check out their website for further information. Who is the Loving Chef? As long as Natasha can remember all she ever wanted to do was create passion, texture, colour and taste on a plate and to see peoples delight as they experienced their first mouthfuls of her truly exquisite food. It all started around the age of 10 with Natasha running a small chocolate business supplying local catering businesses with sweet delights. Taking this passion into higher education, Natasha went on to be trained as a Michelin chef and qualified in Cambridge. Her highlight during this time was when she had the honour to serve Steve Hawkins, Lady Diana, Daley Thompson while working in Trinity College and various other hospitality arenas around the country. At the age of 28, Natasha became a restaurateur serving local communities homecooked traditional menus, private parties and outside catering on a large scale, including VIP tent on race days in Newmarket for thousands of guests a day. She took a change in direction around 2003 and became Senior manager of a seafood bar at Stansted airport for Caviar House and Prunier - the market leader worldwide for its unique selection process and the high quality of its caviar, serving thousands of people, kilos of caviar and popping hundreds of champagne corks a day. During this period, she further trained at Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne in Switzerland - widely renowned as the best hotel management school in the world. With a short gap in the hospitality the passion and desire to help others, never waned and her most recent venture is as The Loving Chef, offering TLC for your Soul was created. The Loving Chef’s mission is to nourish, heal and rejuvenate through food, and Natasha now shares her knowledge and wisdom combined with spiritual eating habits to the world, through keynotes at Vegan Life Live events, blogs and social media and cookery demonstrations and one to one lessons. Natasha’s other interests include offering an open community farm in Moulton and eco therapy for the less advantaged, vulnerable including the homeless. With nearly an acre of land, she loves to harvest, prepare, cook and serve in the shortest amount of time, therefore offering the most nutrients and flavour in the dishes she prepares.
New Manor Farm Harvey Lane Moulton Northamptonshire NN3 7RB
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