INTERVIEW // SARAH GLOVER - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CHEF
Welcome to Compass Studio’s eleventh instalment of our 'Explore More' series, where we dig into to the stories and inspirations of those people that are conquering uncharted grounds right now – whether physical, environmental or social, in the hope of spreading the good further.
With a love of the wild from a small age, Sarah Glover has combined her passion for nature, and food – resulting in a spellbinding journey, taking her through chefing, business ownership, to an acclaimed cookbook.
Embracing the outdoors, Sarah’s adventures inspire us all to step out into the wild some more, get back to our roots, and spread the love through sharing food, and storytelling. We sat down with Sarah to find out more, and where the adventure has taken her.
Let us know more about yourself, and what you do?
I’m a traveling chef, that cooks in the outdoors. In other words…I make the trees my bench, and the stars my light!
How did your love of the outdoors, and food collide? Tell us more!
I grew up in Tasmania – it’s that kind of place where if you didn't get outdoors you would be sucked into the vortex of TV! So, as a kid, I started to explore – and my passion for food grew, along with my love for the outdoors. I don't know why it took my 28 years to figure out these two passions belonged together, as they co-existed beside each other for so long beforehand. Turns out, it was a match made in heaven!
How are your food and recipes inspired by the outdoors?
I mostly gather produce along the way – and then find a little spot to set up kitchen, usually a somewhere that speaks to me, and feels right deep down. Is the weather cold? Is food hot? What setting are we in? Then POW – you’ve got a delicious creation sitting right in front of you. When I’m in the right place, at the right moment – it all just comes so naturally. That’s how my creativity is inspired by the outdoors.
"Immerse yourself in wilder places some more, or at least, as close as you can get. The more you do these kind of things, the deeper the respect, and the greater the connection you will gain for our wild places."
Tell us more about some of the places you’ve cooked, and why they are important to you?
I’ve had the honour of cooking all over the world – no place is different, they’re all sacred to me. However, I have had the honour of cooking in Northern Territory, amongst Aboriginal Arnhem Land – right at the base of a sacred waterfall. I was just in aweof how much nature keeps on giving, and humbling us.
Why the wild? How can people that are removed from wild places have a deeper connection with the land?
I like the wild because I’m alone, where there’s nothing that’s man made. It’s just you and the land where everything comes from. My tip? Immerse yourself in wilder places some more, or at least, as close as you can get. The more you do these kind of things, the deeper the respect, and the greater the connection you will gain for our wild places.
What would you say your most memorable experience in the outdoors has been to date? Why?
Oh gosh that’s a hard one! I would have to say that some of my trips surfing in Tasmania are the most memorable – hiking into the South Cape overnight, camping, and surfing with sharks (eek, I know!) under giant rock formations that have been shaped over millions of years (some of them even appearing to like things such as wild safari animals). They are memorable because I was out of my comfort zone – I had to push myself and face fears of the unknown.
In what ways does the outdoors draw us together as people?
It’s because it where we’re from. Nature is so pure and real, and it tends to help us let down our guard, with no presence of judgment – it is the most healing and relaxing thing we could ever have in our lives, and we need to get back to our roots as much as we can.
Where’s somewhere you haven’t cooked yet? What are your top destinations?
I really want to cook in the snow. Believe it or not, with all the place I’ve had the pleasure of cooking in, the snow is just something I haven’t accomplished! Also, up the far North West of Australia – it just looks so dreamy. It’s definitely on the bucket list as somewhere I see myself in the near future.