Fresh, fabulous, friendly
Sam had a slightly ‘off centre’ up bringing (her words!). With parents in the music industry life was always colourful. When her father moved on from the recording studio in the heart of Soho, the family bought a restaurant in North London. It was full of interesting and creative people. Sam was often out back with her uncle, who was also the chef in the kitchen. “I learnt a lot about food. And about how people want to be treated, but most of all the atmosphere that gives the people the vibe.”
Adventures in Oz
After studying a degree in Broadcasting at Falmouth College of Arts, Sam packed her bags and headed for the bright lights of Sydney, Australia.
“I was working as a television editor but alongside that I used to work in a little café in Vaucluse,” she recalls. “I’d go round the markets at Sydney Harbour to buy produce. I loved it. Working with the produce and the passion in Sydney made me realise I wanted to change my career path and without doubt have a restaurant.”
When she returned to the UK, Sam headed back to Cornwall to work for herself, doing the thing she loved the most. Cooking with fresh produce.
She travelled around the Duchy in a 3-wheeled Piaggio delivering top-notch private catering and bespoke picnics to houses, events and weddings across the county. The picnics took off, and it was time to find a home. Amélies current base was an old fish Smokehouse, and with it’s view over the harbour, and the fishing boats landing yards from the restaurant, it was perfect for a base for the type of restaurant that Sam had in mind. Eight years on the philosophy is still the same, simple food, perfectly cooked….with soul.
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