Over 25 years of professional cooking experience and a bloodline of cooks have evolved Tom Kral into Nature’s Chef. From a child growing up in a European deli and spending time at the family cottage, camping and foraging played an important role in his life that developed a deep connection with nature. Following his passion for cooking, it led him down a path of being trained by some of the world’s best chefs, then to owner of a renowned restaurant and catering business in the bustling city of Toronto. After a chef burn out and awakening he followed his heart west. His irresistible call for the wild leads him to settle in Sooke to steward the land of Elemental Collective. Tom share's his culinary knowledge through private dining experiences, culinary adventures, workshops, retreats and also collaborates with other facilitators.
The Elemental Collective seeks to create a harmonious culture of humans living in attunement with the natural community of plants, animals and elemental powers. Through offering nature education workshops, retreats & culinary events, art, healing, ceremony and celebratory events we strive to inspire further generations of land stewards and community co-operatives by sharing the knowledge needed to sustain and thrive as human beings. Honouring all life forces & fostering a deeper commitment with the Earth, we attend to the interwoven threads of personal, community and bioregional relationships. By forming a Co-operative we are bringing together the diverse gifts, knowledge and experience of our team, the Elemental Guardians, to purchase the land we are living on, in order to bring a much needed alternative project of ‘doing business differently’ than most of the current models that are in crisis. It is a visionary task, and there are countless challenges to surmount, but the steadfast hearts of our fellowship are up for the adventure!
We endeavour to honour the land and its people by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to the land. We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories.