Team

About Erin

ErincookingprofileHello, I’m founding partner and Head Chef at The Edible Flower. I’m inspired by local and home grown produce, cooking seasonally, fermenting (anything and everything), eating more vegetarian food, baking and edible flowers.

In March 2015 I graduated from the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in East Cork, much of my cooking is grounded in their fork to fork food philosophy. Back in London Jo and I set up Leytonstone Brewhouse & Kitchen, an East London based supper club for lovers of delicious food and craft beer. I also worked as the café chef at the Skip Garden Kitchen, an urban growing project, youth education charity and innovative vegetarian cafe in the heart of King’s Cross.

In a previous life I’ve organised business development and training for creatives, managed large events for the fashion and design industry and worked on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

When I’m not cooking (or eating) I like to wear vintage dresses and red lipstick (even when I’m gardening), read novels and cookbooks, knit and travel to far flung places. Frida Kahlo is my hero.

About Jo

JoProfileI’m Jo, co-founder of The Edible Flower. I’m Head of Growing, The Brewer, Sous Chef, Lover of Fire, Spreadsheet Geek and General Dogsbody.

Moving to Northern Ireland and running The Edible Flower has been an amazing opportunity for me to learn about growing food sustainably. I’ve gone from a horticultural novice to running our kitchen garden and being responsible for growing much of the produce we use in our business.

Before gardening, there was beer – I’ve been brewing beer for over 10 years, making everything from continental-style wheat beers to hoppy American IPAs, and from sour raspberry lambics to traditional English bitters – often with a foraged hedgerow twist! I love beer and I love matching it with the menus Erin designs.

Before The Edible Flower, I worked for a small property developer helping to transform the area around King’s Cross in Central London. I started out in a graduate role at the company and left nine years later as their Head of Operations. I loved it. But I love our new life of growing, cooking, eating and brewing in Northern Ireland even more.

When I’m not gardening or brewing (or drinking), I like to make cheese, light a BBQ, talk about soil or rearrange my sock drawer. Occasionally, Erin convinces me to pack up and explore the world for a few months. I like that too.

The rest of the team

Shannon

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I’m Shannon, Event Organiser at The Edible Flower. The newest member of the team, and Erin’s sister. As well as event planning and front of house, I’m an extra pair of hands in The Edible Flower kitchen and garden.

I love creating beautiful, warm and welcoming atmospheres to complement our food, inspired by travel and the beautiful Irish seasons. I’m an animal lover and hope to help The Edible Flower grow to include some four legged friends.

Clare

I’m Clare, I am a freelance chef at the Edible Flower. I collaborate with the team on menus and work in the kitchen to help create interesting, beautiful and delicious dishes. I’m obsessed with experimental recipes and flavours, connecting with local food makers, working on unique events and delighting clients and customers with special experiences. Outside of cooking I also enjoy learning and teaching others about wild food and in my free time I like to explore the outdoors, drink whiskey and carve spoons.

Catherine

file_000-e1533251205292.jpegI’m Catherine and I’m a garden assistant with The Edible Flower. I’m currently studying for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture so it’s great to be in the garden getting hands on experience to go with all the theory. I’m really interested in organic and biodynamic growing techniques and permaculture so it’s a joy to work with Erin and Jo – they’re always looking for more sustainable ways of doing things!

In my spare time l love practising yoga and meditation, knitting and reading to my kids.

Lynn

img_9545-e1527197089148.jpgI’m Lynn, I work with the Edible Flower gang as dishwasher, canape server and chopper of organic vegetables.  I love the banter, the locations, the wonderful fresh recipes and all our friendly customers.  I struggle sometimes with names of the unusually dishes we serve but I’m getting better and I make up for it with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.

In my spare time, I love volunteering, I was a “Games Maker” at the 2012 London Olympics, a “Captain’s Ambassador” at the Tall Ships, I’ve built houses in Africa with Habitat for Humanity,  you name it and I’ll help out.   I can DIY, knit an Aran cardigan and play tennis.