James is founder, owner and Chef at Wild Shropshire restaurant at nearby North Shropshire market town of Whitchurch. James also teaches at Perrys Field to Fork Artisan Butchery and Cookery School in Eccelshall.
Background: James first entered into the ‘pop up’ arena shortly after appearing on Channel 4 The Taste alongside Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre in 2013. Since this time he has evolved from a home cook to a professional chef who is not afraid to push the boundaries. James’s sell out pop ups during 2016 led to the opening of Wild Shropshire are the result of years of dreaming and wanting to create with food, this isn’t just a business venture or a hobby, this is years of love distilled into random one-off experiences. James has also made appearances of BBC Radio 4 farming today programme and BBC Countryfile.
James lives in North Shropshire with his partner Louise and children. When he is not in the kitchen he can be found reading his extensive collection of cook books, digging in the allotment with his kids, or on his hands and knees in hedgerows scouting for elusive foraged herbs.
Wild Shropshire is a terroir led restaurant serving micro seasonal food and committed to supporting a sustainable planet. Customers are served a multi-course surprise tasting menu including many ingredients which have been grown or foraged by James or supplied by local, artisan producers.
Wild Shropshire restaurant won ‘Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year’ & ‘Outstanding Restaurant of the Year’ – in the inaugural Restaurant Awards 2019 Midlands Edition.