Antonia was born and grew up in England but is of Kenyan ancestry. Family holidays were spent on safari in Kenya. A competent horsewoman Antonia was fortunate, one year, to have an incredible experience helping out with the horse riding safaris on the acclaimed Borana ranch, it was here that she realised she was most at home.
As well as graduating with a BA in English literature, Antonia also trained as a chef with the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine where she discovered a passion for cooking. Her innate flair stems from her mother, a successful restauranteur and chef.
With a thirst for adventure and hunger for the vast expanses of Africa, Antonia moved to Kenya in 2007 where she started a community conservation project running her own camp Tassia Lodge in partnership with the Maasai community in Northern Kenya.
It was at Tassia that Antonia put her professional training to good use, teaching the local Maasai how to create a sumptuous colourful fusion of food in the Bush. While running the Lodge, Antonia wrote a cookery book based on the recipes she had created incorporating the vision of community conservation. Tastes of Tassia was published in 2011.
At the same time, Antonia also founded Antassia, a grassroots initiative which harnesses the traditional beading skills of the Maasai women, thereby creating a sustainable source of income for them and their families.
The woman’s group has flourished and is now a successful design project creating beaded handbags and empowering over 100 women through employment. In 2018 the plan is to upscale to 150 women and expand into the Amboseli area of southern Kenya.
Also in 2018, Antonia has started her cookery school in the Bush. Antonia’s Kitchen is situated at her home on the slopes of Mount Kenya and offers a variety of cookery courses catering for safari chefs, home cooks and youngsters on Gap year’s.
When she is not running cookery courses or designing beaded items with the Maasai, she can be found with her husband, Sam, taking guests on safari all around Kenya and other parts of East Africa.
Antonia has done an Eco training guiding course to enhance her knowledge and passion of the bush and to add to her particular interest in the traditional medicinal and culinary uses of the local plants. One of her greatest joys is being on safari and exploring the bush either on foot or on horseback.