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Annabel Hughes Aston

Annabel Hughes Aston

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Annabel Hughes Aston

Bush Gourmet Chef & Writer

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Annabel is an award-winning chef, organic gardener, forager and writer, who lives with her husband on a farm in the Zambezi Valley, upstream from Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia. She is the creator of “bush gourmet” cuisine, developed while experimenting with, and fusing, wild edibles and indigenous Zambian ingredients with fresh local produce, mostly grown in her organic vegetable garden.


Annabel trained as a chef in England, but only cooked occasionally after choosing a career in journalism instead. She started gardening, and cooking what she grew, following a relocation to Virginia in the United States in 2003. In 2011 she completed the Virginia Master Naturalist program, which introduced her to the joys of foraging.


Annabel’s “bush gourmet” cuisine – the corollary of her desire to live as close to ‘source’ as possible alongside her passion for gardening, foraging and feeding people – has won multiple awards after she introduced it at The Elephant Café in 2016.