David and Louiza met through food in 2013. Lou was part of Food Not Bombs (a Southampton group sharing free food on the street once a month) when David offered them the use of his kitchen. He then began cooking with the group and it was from there that their friendship & mutual passion for food grew together.
David has spent much of his career working practically and hands on, running his own sash window business since 1997. Outside of the workshop, he’s also been a long-term trustee for a local charity supporting a small school and health clinic in Tibet. Over the years, this position doubled-up as an outlet to cook for larger numbers; he would offer catering for charity events as and when the opportunity arose. Otherwise, David’s unmissable passion for food has been in the family home.
A seriously enthused domestic cook, you’ll always catch him in his kitchen with a healthy stack of cookbooks! For as long as he remembers he’s been excited by the culinary world, both locally and around the globe. His travels have taken him to the night markets of Bangkok, souks of Marrakesh and hand cart vendors of Calcutta. Propelled by an ever-growing excitement for global flavors, he has taken authentic cooking classes in India and Thailand too. Back in Southampton, he joined community cooking sessions with Food Not Bombs through 2013 and Curb in 2015. In 2017, when making the decision to fill up his working life with more food and less windows, he gained commercial experience working with Flat Whites and Mango whilst also selling Hoxton Bakehouse sourdough at Hampshire Farmer’s Markets… It was then that he saw potential for a street food stall as part of the market.
David continues to work part time in the workshop and is still currently employed by Hoxton. He is a devoted parent to two daughters (whom occasionally might help on the stall) and a long-standing musician in the local band Sombrero Fallout.
Louiza entered the world of cooking and hospitality through food waste. Art student by day, dumpster diver by night; 2012 marked the start of a self-proclaimed obsession with the food that gets lost along our food chain. At university, she steered her degree in a way that allowed her to share this food and its socio-ecological messages through her art practice, cooking monthly with Food Not Bombs at this point too. On graduating in 2014 she founded Curb (a pop-up food waste cafe in Southampton) and visited all the food waste organisations that she could find on a 2-month research trip around the UK. In recent years, Louiza has coordinated The Art House kitchen, been supervisor at Cafe Thrive and co-managed The Vegan Pyramid during festival seasons.
Similar to David, Louiza’s hugely enthused by international cuisine. A keen traveler, she’s encouraged by the cross-culture commonality of food, its social power and how eating together bridges gaps between us. She’s cooked with various community groups across North America, Europe and into the Middle East, and is excited to continue learning firsthand how different parts of the world use food as a tool for connection.
Louiza currently works at Minstead Study Centre in the New Forest, cooking for visiting children from local schools. She’s training in outdoor education through Forest Schools with the hope to fuse together her passion for sustainable food, interactive arts & environmental education; she hopes to eventually teach children about food & farming through the garden & kitchen at Minstead! Seasonally, she works for Pizza and Puppets at festivals, crafting thousands of entirely handmade wood-fired pizzas and running pizza-making workshops with kids. She is also author of Landfull – a self-published book about the UK food waste movement.