I have been so fortunate to have had access to top quality produce throughout my life. Growing up alongside my family’s business, Secretts in Milford, I was introduced to all sorts of fantastic ingredients from a young age. The farm was established in 1908 by my great-grandfather Frederick Augustus Secrett, who was a highly respected horticulturist responsible for feeding the British nation during the World War!
I feel remarkably proud to be part of the fourth generation of our family business, which is still leading the pack when it comes to the production and supply of top quality produce. Nowadays, Secretts is a thriving entity built around the original farm, encompassing an award-winning farm shop, a magnificent garden centre, a pick your own with an exceptional selection of soft fruits, a coffee shop, and a vintage tea shop named after my great-great grandmother Eliza. Secretts supply some of the top restaurants in the country, including Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace’s restaurant, and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. My father Charles is still running the business, and my brother Greg is the farm manager, responsible for growing all the yummy ingredients that end up on London’s top tables.
Thanks to my roots (no pun intended), I am very aware of the importance of using good quality produce in my kitchen. Sadly, since I moved to France 3 years ago, I don’t get to help myself to vegetables off our farm as often as I would like to. But thankfully, the Côte d’Azur offers some wonderful fresh produce, including delicious local Mediterranean ingredients. The food markets here are superb, the local vineyards produce excellent wines, and the sea is home to delicious fish and seafood.
I plan to write about some of the delicious produce available to use in your kitchen, and what you can do with it.