Chris and Nick met in a local establishment. Chris said to Nick: "Mushrooms? There's nothing I don't know about mushrooms." A friendship, and latterly a business, was therein formed.
Two avid Mycoheads, Nick and Chris have been scanning the forest floors and field bases of southern England ever since they were allowed to roam free. Their passion for the fungal network brought them together, it led them to experiment with growing before agreeing to begin a farm at Gate Dairy, North Chideock - or what is now known as Chideock Champignons
Nick was raised in Chideock and was lucky enough to have the 2,000 acre Golden Cap estate as his playground growing up (his friend's dad was National Trust warden, which helped.) After studying in Portsmouth and Chester, Nick lived in Manchester, South Korea and London before resettling back in the westcountry. Always happiest in nature, his passion for all things fungal grow ostensibly whilst living and working in London, taking days out of the city to discover new species in the surrounding forests. Today, living in Chideock, he is as passionate as ever about good, local food and understanding the origins and whereabouts of what we eat and why we do.
Chris, raised in East Sussex, moved to Chideock five years ago. From his early years, he would search the chalky forest floor of the area to find truffles and would take his rod to the beach and always come home with hands full. Father to Mabel, Elodie and Fristan, he will often be found taking his children out on his off time to the forest or out to sea. Energetic and hard-working, Chris is a keen nature enthusiast, but has built a successful building company in Urban Improvements; skills which came in handy in the construction of