The F.E.A.S.T Project
A collective of Professional Coaches, Private Chefs, Restaurant Gurus, and Local Farms & Fisheries dedicated to the mission of Finding Excellence Around a Shared Table. The F.E.A.S.T. Project offers a unique and powerful opportunity to strengthen teams and identify potential leaders through a process of self-discovery in nature’s habitat. By recreating the long-lost feeling of earning a meal, The F.E.A.S.T. Project embodies an enlightening, empowering, character-building group experience.
Food waste is one of the most topical issues being dealt with by the food industry today. Since much of the problem has to do with logistics and supply chain challenges, it’s generally being addressed from a volume perspective, at a corporate level, and we salute that.
But we here at The F.E.A.S.T. Project are working more at the level of the individual, in that we believe it is the people and their attitudes towards this issue who will make the most enduring and large scale impact down the line, whether within the organisation they work for or within their own individual lives. Hopefully both.
So we at The F.E.A.S.T. Project are going back to basics. One of our strong beliefs is that in a world of intense connectivity humankind has lost its connection to the source that sustains us. We have become deprived of a healthy relationship to the provenance of our food. We are no longer exposed to where our food comes from and what it takes to get the ingredients used to prepare the meals we eat everyday.
We hope that by exposing The F.E.A.S.T. Project participants to the very roots of food sourcing, we might awaken some of the most primitive instincts and values as a community.
We are all stakeholders in a positive outcome to this important issue, and we are proud to have selected a great collective of partners on this project who think along the same lines.
The main F.E.A.S.T Team is made up of two great friends Lynn Blades and Mari Carras.
Lynn Blades – I am Feeder. My family knows it, my friends know it, and my dog knows it. I’m also an accredited Executive, Confidence and Life Coach and help a range of people – from media personalities and corporate executives to parents and young adults – to accomplish the work and life goals they set for themselves and, in the case of professionals and corporations, to heighten their presence and profile in the business environment. I spent 15 years working as a journalist and presenter in the US, covering world news through to celebrity stories for CNN, CNBC, Showtime Networks and E! Entertainment Television, and won multiple awards. Here in the UK I’ve made many appearances as a Life Coach on GMTV and have appeared as an expert in my field on BBC and Granada television. Aside from coaching young adults through Eyes Wide Opened I also run and host workshops at the Roundhouse and the Media Trust for aspiring young journalists. My clients include: Universal Music, TLC Marketing, KPMG, BBC as well as various high profile personalities.
Mari Carras – Hailing originally from California but now based in London, I am a former restaurateur who has also worked in the corporate finance side of the restaurant and entertainment businesses in Los Angeles, New York, the UK and everywhere in between for more than 20 years. This means I’ve attended a lot of corporate retreats – most of them unwillingly if I’m truly being honest – and why I felt inspired to conceive of something that was a little offbeat as well as combining several of my great passions: food, personal development, theatre, countryside, and hosting fabulous intimate dinners in gorgeous homes. Those are in fact some of the individual components of The F.E.A.S.T. Project – but like all truly unique experiences in life the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. At least that is what we are aspiring to provide here with The F.E.A.S.T. Project!
For your leadership, team building or entertainment aspirations, we invite you to join our table. It’s a big table for big conversations.
Each of the day’s activities is led by one of our coaches paired with our field expert. Both will be on hand to help motivate, devise and drive team goals. The objective of each activity is to bring back the necessary bounty to provide one main course for the grand F.E.A.S.T.
Divided into individual teams, participants will fly-fish, forage, (clay) shoot, butcher, prepare and deliver the ingredients to the Chef, who will be waiting to conceive of a gourmet multi-course F.E.A.S.T. sourced directly from the farms, rivers and fields of the surrounding vicinity.
Understanding the importance of nurturing a person’s potential to grow and achieve is essential to creating a sustainable enterprise. Whether the motivation is personal or professional, the success of the F.E.A.S.T. Project is based on the willingness of everyone to do their part.
The success of The F.E.A.S.T. Project is based on the ability of everyone to do their part. The experience may push many participants outside of their comfort zones, with the activities designed to test survival skills and uncover the basic hunter/gatherer in all.
Our coaches will encourage participants to work as a team for the greater good, stretch their natural abilities, hone instinctual skills and quickly adapt to new environments.
Come rain or shine, everyone has to eat at the end of the day. Will yours be a Feast or a Famine?