All my life I’ve been infatuated with food. My earliest memory of cooking is helping my mother make chicken and dumplings. Seeing the responses of people eating the meal I just prepared had me instantly hooked, so growing up I knew I wanted to become a chef from a fairly young age. After a short stint at a university working toward a major I had no passion for, I decided it was time to pursue my childhood dreams and start down the culinary path to chef-dom. The semester after I would enroll in culinary school. In my two years of culinary school, I learned a lot, but there was still something missing from the food. Everything was either beef, chicken, or pork with boring vegetables as a side. Dishes we have all seen our whole lives. After school, I moved to the great state of Colorado to work at a resort tucked away in the mountains. I had never left the east coast, so this was a big change for me. All of the sudden I was surrounded by immense stretches of public forest and abundant natural resources. This is what sparked my interest in wild foods. Every time I would go on a hike I would discover a new edible species in the area. I was instantly hooked.
Shortly after moving to Colorado, the elk began to rut. Growing up in Georgia, I didn’t even know what an elk was. I joined a friend for a short archery hunt and upon hearing my first bugle I was instantly hooked. I quickly invested in some cheap gear and dove head first into hunting- I haven’t looked back since
In 2018 I decided to really pursue my interest in wild foods, starting the Field to Table Outdoors podcast in January. The podcast has led me to some really interesting people full of great information. Day by day I learn more and more about the foods that surround us. This website and the accompanying podcast are a way for me to share my experiences and help listeners learn with me- I hope you learn as much as I do.
Spencer Milne- Field to Table Outdoors