Chris’s ran his greengrocer business, ‘The Naked Grocer’ in Surrey for 6 years. The successful, local shop twice won the title of ‘National Independent Retailer of the Year’ award. Chris is a huge advocate of small independent retailers in the UK.
Having left school with what he describes as “less than desirable” GCSE results he tried his hand at various unglamorous jobs before finally finding an employer that would put up with him! His job was importing flowers for a small company called Connaught Flowers.
He spent much of his working day at Western International Market which specialises in horticultural produce. Chris found himself very at home with all the colourful characters and buzz of the wholesale market – this was his vocation.
After selling flowers into the wholesale markets for six years he took a side step to sell fruit and veg throughout the UK. He created extraordinary relationships with the small independent greengrocers and florists and shared their passion for striving to keep independent retail flourishing.
With the odds stacked against the independent retailer, this did not deter Chris from embarking on his own project and in 2009 he and his wife Millie opened The Naked Grocer. Chris and Millie ran the multi-award winning Greengrocers for 6 years. They have now moved on to focus on their direct home deliveries, supplying fruit and veg boxes for home, fruits for offices and wholesale catering business.
Chris has a great interest in farming and all areas of fresh produce, in particular the history and future of food. He is an active supporter of reducing food waste.
Furthermore Chris is passionate about educating and raising children’s awareness of where food comes from and what’s involved in producing it. One of his ambitions is to teach others how eating healthily can be cheap and easy to achieve.
Chris’s debut cookbook, Good Food: Sorted, will be published by Dorling Kindersley.