Our love of food is inspired from contemporary British and stretches right across the influences colonisation and mixed culture have brought to our shores during the past decades – and the more unusual something is, the more we like it. But before we set out to prepare and cook our food, we delve into its past to unearth its history to discover the curious tales and stories of where it comes from and what makes it so tasty and intriguing.
‘What is The Moocher?’ ‘The Moocher came about from the countryside term ‘I’m going for a Mooch’. A term often used by my father when he would head out in the countryside with his shotgun under his arm not sure what treasures he might stumble across. From a young age I inherited this nature, foraging for wild berries with my grandma to later in childhood catching rabbit and other game for the family pot.’
The company came about from the love of food James and Nina soon found they shared. After experimenting in Farmers Market they came up with the idea and ‘The Moocher’ was born, a philosophy of their combined attitude to food and produce.
James has worked in the catering industry for over 15 years running several award winning restaurants in Manchester. Nina trained in London and worked as a cookery school teacher in Dusseldorf’s finest cookery school Franz Petzchen. Wild, Foraged and Rare Breed produce are at the heart of their creations, and they are always looking for more exciting and unusual ingredients to cook up next. As well as sauces and potted meats/ rillettes the company also provides outside catering, from birthdays and weddings to supplying café’s and Deli’s with their fresh produce, bespoke hampers and freezer filling for those too busy to cook at home. Headed by Nina, personal and group cookery lessons are available with courses ranging from game cookery to perfect baking with everything in between.
Sample menu’s and more information are available on our catering page. As keen foragers we’re eager to re-introduce a range of naturally sourced and seasonal produce that has been lost and forgotten. So if you ever see us meandering down a riverbank or rummaging through a woodland, don’t forget to say hello because our next unusually fine discovery may well end up on your dinner plate.