Tucker Taylor: Horticulturist, Culinary Gardener, and Artiste

The art of sowing, growing, planting and providing exotic varieties of vegetables is an art form. With many home growers all around the world, we’ve all had our fair share of successes and failures. I am no exception to the latter as my tomatoes have fallen victim to the heat waves in Southern California this summer.

But when I walk into the gardens adjacent to the French Laundry, Yountville, CA, my heart skips a beat with joy and happiness. The tomatoes are large, juicy, colorful and vibrant. Who knew artichokes grew on tall skinny stalks?

The man responsible for managing this garden is Tucker Taylor, a dear friend of mine. A humble yet adventurous man, Tucker has a knack for combining the art of growing vegetables with visual functionality. He jokes quietly that his bible is the Farmers Almanac.

So how did Taylor, a kid from Florida with a degree in finance, wind up in Yountville, working as a master gardener for Keller, whom many consider the most accomplished chef in the country?

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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