the native story
Native was concocted by Ivan & Imogen, who together have scaled the mountains of street food markets & pop up restaurants to finally settle in the tranquil setting of Neal's Yard, then on to Borough Market and now Mayfair.
Championing sustainable cooking both Ivan and Imogen show strong passion in foraging and growing their ingredients to get the best of what nature has to give. This all comes together to show a unique outlook on British heritage cooking.
Initially self taught, Ivan went on to work for the truly inspirational River Cottage HQ in Devon and the Michelin Starred Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns in New York, fine tuning his skills and further developing his passion for natural, foraged and seasonal produce. Building upon this knowledge Ivan has received a Great Taste Award from the Guild of Fine Food and passed his WSET exam in wine with Distinction. While also featuring in the Great British Menu in 2020 for London and the South East.
Having grown up in rural Northamptonshire, Imogen has always been at one with nature, running her family falconry business and managing the infamous Rufus the hawk. Hunter gathering is in Imogens blood, learning from a very young age the crafts of plucking, skinning & foraging whilst nurturing a truly wonderful palate for the wild food of Britain. Imogen was named in Grace Dents "10 People to Watch in the food industry 2017". While also being listed in the Code "100 most influential women in hospitality 2021".
native at browns
Native was given an amazing opportunity from Browns to have a wonderfully ethical restaurant right in the centre of mayfair in their new flagship shop. Both companies having the same ideologies in sustainability it really is a match made in heaven. Foraging for food is much like foraging for fashion. It’s about the delight of discovering something rare, delicious and seasonal, and putting these finds together to create the perfect ensemble. Having a wonderful courtyard to relax in after trying the best Browns as to offer you can experience Native's garden bites, foraged cocktails, and natural wine selection. The beautiful restaurant champions seasonal produce and ethical dining through innovative casual small plates.