about us

Wild artisan cooking is the first joint venture of Russell Troth and Fran Roberts, a couple from London who have recently relocated to the coast. Russell has been a chef for almost 30 years and worked in all kinds of places including “Michelin Star” The Aubergine in Chelsea and Pearson’s on the Strand. 

His love of cooking nutritious healthy meals with wild organic ingredients and creating new combinations has been a major driving force in his work and his dream has always been to open his own Wild Artisan Bistro Cafe.

Fran is a psychotherapist and has been practising for the past 10 years, running her own practice and helping set up the London Counselling Collective, a group of therapists working in and around the London area. She has also co-authored a book with her twin sister called The Mind Diet which aims to help people create healthier relationships with their mind using a variety of methods. But she has always harboured a passion to open a bistro/café and with Russ by her side this dream became a reality.

Russ and Fran came to the idea for Wild whilst sitting on the beach and looking at the sea after moving out of London.

They both realised how lucky they felt to be living so close to nature and this sparked the idea for Wild artisan cooking. Combining Russ’s love for making tasty and interesting artisan food with mainly Organic ingredients sourced from the land and sea and as local as possible the beginnings of Wild started to emerge.

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But where to open! After checking out several places they found the eclectic St Augustine’s Arts and Events Centre in the heart of Brighton’s creative community. With a café space and fully equipped commercial kitchen already in place and a diverse mix of events and activities taking place all year round this felt like the perfect fit and the right space for some tasty Wild Artisan Cooking. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere and good vibes within St Augustine's Arts & Events Centre only confirmed this and the vision for Wild suddenly became a reality.

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Our menu is equal parts ambitious and honest.

Habitually taste-driven; we strive to create dishes that will appeal to full-time foodies and fussy eaters alike.

 

Brighton has no shortage of culinary haunts. What makes us different here at Wild, is our playful use of flavour and unique use of ingredients. With an emphasis on local produce, our chefs enjoy ‘up-cycling’ traditional brunch dishes, such as crab benedict with seaweed hollandaise or French toast with a cornflake crust.

For lunch, we like to keep it hearty, filling and nutritious. We’ll whip up fresh Buddha bowls, topped toasts and more traditional favourites. Our Artisan hot dog (the Top Dog) is soon to become a Brighton must try… if you don’t believe us, give it a go.

Wild artisan cooking will offer a taste driven and interesting menu that will appeal to everyone. The menu will include delights like French toast with a cornflake crust, vanilla cream and a berry compote, Brighton’s best Buddha bowl, Brighton’s best Artisan hot dog called Top Dog, a comprehensive vegan menu, a creative kid’s menu and the list goes on and on. 

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“I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

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Louisa May Alcott

 

Just like a good day, our ethos starts with great coffee. Our coffee beans are always sourced from the best local supplier, Roasted. For those less caffeine-inclined, our fridges are stocked with delicious soft drinks and local craft beers.