We sat down with Gemma from Feed Me Primal. Previously mentioned in the Metro for healthy gluten-free eating and Vogue as one of the best Paleo restaurants in London. This was one of the first Traders we tried in Boxpark so we were really excited to sit down with her.
How did feed me primal come about and what was your journey to your first permanent site in Boxpark?
I founded Feed Me Primal in 2013 because I found it difficult to find great tasting, healthy fast food. I have been gluten-free (gf) for a few years and while it is getting easier to find gf options, I hate that I often had to make substitutions in my meals, or get less than everyone else. I had been paleo for about 1 year when I decided to open Feed Me Primal and offer customers a new kind of street food.
What is Paleo?
For me, paleo is about eating lots of vegetables, some nuts, a little dairy and some really good quality meat. It’s about keeping it simple, knowing all the ingredients in your food and not eating anything too processed or full of additives, sugar and preservatives. Lots of people eat a paleo diet, or something similar, but they don’t call it paleo. They just call it healthy eating.
You were one of the first traders we tried when Boxpark opened, what do you think makes people come back?
We have a pretty small menu in Boxpark and I think it’s really important to keep it simple and do a few dishes really well. When people come into the store, they see us cooking their food in front of them, all the ingredients are fresh and they can help themselves to our fresh herbs and chilli.
I also believe that customer service is the most important aspect of eating out (along with food quality). I am humbled that people choose to eat my food and tell their friends and family about us, so I want them to feel that gratitude from me. I work a lot of hours in store (there’s only 2 of us) and it’s so important to me to keep standards high and keep pushing myself.
What inspires you in the kitchen?
Fresh food, new seasons, playing with ingredients. Healthy doesn’t have to be boring. For example we try to spice up our cauliflower rice. It has carrots, beetroot and parsnips for extra texture and flavour. It is cooked in olive oil with rosemary and a bit of salt.
Which famous person would you like to cook for and why?
Nigel Slater is my food hero and I’d love to make something for him (but I’m pretty sure I’d be a nervous wreck).
What would you said in the most popular dish?
Free-range chicken with almond & coconut flatbread, vegetable rice and tomato sauce
Sounds amazing. What’s next for feed me primal?
We are growing our menu at the moment and trying new dishes, so keep your eyes peeled for new specials. We’ve launched a brunch menu which has a sweet potato waffle with bacon and eggs and chicken.
We’ve teamed up with Feed Me Primal to offer our readers a chance to win a meal for two (mains and a drink).
Keep an eye out this week on our instagram for your chance to win.
All you have to do is:
- Follow us on Instagram
- Follow @feedmeprimal
- Tag a friend you think would enjoy the food
Competition will launch on 5th December on the Croydon Foodies Instagram page. Prize draw will close on Sunday 10th at 12pm. A winner will be selected at random.
The lucky winner will have until the 28th February 2018 to claim their prize. The winner must be based in the UK and able to redeem their prize at the Boxpark Croydon site only.