Profiles of some of the chefs, foragers, bartenders, team members and interesting people with whom we’re working.

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Kate Hannett is an Islay-raised, well-travelled, Geography graduate,…
steven aantoon at Islay Wild

Introducing Steven Hanton

Sometimes, in our line of work, when we are seeking a closer…
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A Day in the Life of Katie Smith

Katie Smith is our Communications Manager for the Botanist.…
Botanist screening at Norval Foundation

Wild Cinema, South Africa

A outdoor screening at the Norval Foundation, Cape Town, provides the perfect setting to hear the stories in our Wild - A State of Mind short film series
Adam Hannett making gin

Adam's Story

Now in his thirties, Adam Hannett spends a growing proportion of his time as the Head Distiller of a progressive whisky company making gin. How did that happen?
Philip Stark - Berkeley USA

The Stark Effect

Meet forager, bare-foot runner, statistician, Dean and all round purveyor of knowledge Philip Stark from the University of California.
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Profile: Philip Stark

Philip was a guest at our foragers’ summit in Islay, June 2019.…
Nick Weston

Nick Weston - Itchin for fishin

Unassuming, calm and collected, Nick Weston is a man of intrigue. Director, owner, chef, hunter and forager of Hunter, Gather, Cook Nick is a busy man but a man with strong ideals and a proactive manner. 
Nick Lui - Chef

Finding Toronto

Nurdin Topham - nur x cub

Nourishing Gastronomy: introducing Nurdin Topham

Nurdin Topham's NUR Hong Kong won a michelin star soon after opening. Here he shares some of his background and philosophy of food.
ridson and ridson botanist apron

An apron with meaning

A new collaboration with Risdon and Risdon, apron-makers, has…
Abi Clephane in the Botanist Tent
Vijay Mudaliar - Native bar, Singapore

Over to Goodhope Gardens

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Fynbos Fire