The summer of 2011 was a bumper year for fruit, Moira and Elisabetta both had time on their hands, they started making preserves from fruit picked on our local streets, gardens and parks in south-east London. They had such fun picking, making and of course eating it all and so Wild Brockley was born.
Elisabetta was born in Italy where she had her first taste of living off the earth, as her grandparents where self-sufficient and grew all their vegetables themselves, made their own wine and kept animals. Later she moved to Switzerland where she spent her time roaming the local forests and learning about botany. She moved to London in the 1980s and helped set up a restaurant in Kilburn, where she designed the menu. Fay Maschler praised her crème brulee as the best in town.
Moira’s love of food was passed down to her by her mother, so much so, that she trained as a chef more than 30 years ago and worked for several years, including a stint at Prue Leith’s Notting Hill restaurant. However, dishing out food night after night didn’t satisfy her love of creativity, so she left catering to follow other paths. Being made redundant in 2009 forced her to re-evaluate her priorities and combined with finally having the kitchen of her dreams, (designed by her) it seemed like the perfect time to reconnect with her love of food.
We’ve both lived in the area for many years and it’s the strong community that makes the area feel unique. We love the wealth of creative talent here, particularly during the Brockley Max festival.