Tom's 'Call of the Wild' began as young boy, constantly surrounded by food. As a 'second Nature' he developed the arts of gathering, preparing and adventuring at his family cottage retreat near Muskoka. Away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, he would come alive in the forests, and gardens, watching the golden hues of the sun setting in the West. The family always had something on the go, from jam making as a way of preserving the wild blueberries to picking and drying an assortment of fungi.
Kral is Czech for King | After apprenticing under many outstanding chef mentors in his youth, including Chefs Henry Marcan, Susur Lee and John Higgins. Kral's confidence with the way of food became second nature. But it was when he went on a journey to the motherland, the Czech Republic, that his inspiration hit a new high. Here, the deep connection between the rustic countryside and the cultural richness of simple, rustic, eternal rhythms held their sway. The quest for roots led Tom home to the heart of the Czech Motherland, and of course straight to her kitchen. Simple, hearty foods, robust vegetable gardens, rich meats and thirst-slaking drink, were the common fare here. Traditions passed on through countless generations, secrets of the culinary class were revealed to Kral and embedded themselves deeply into his soul.
Food Chi | Qi is Power. Foods that are nutrient dense and packed with hi-vibing life-force are sometimes referred to as "Superfoods." Tom's evolution towards Superfoods is a natural part of his quest toward living a long, happy and healthy life and his desire to share this with community. It was through these nutrient rich foods that Kral began to delve deeper into mysteries of food as medicine. From (goji berries to lacuma powder, kale to coconuts) these Qi foods pack power that not only energize us throughout the day, but assist in healing many ailments that are directly attributed to the sickly, sedentary, lifestyles of modern society. While Superfoods are a godsend, there can be a trendiness and economic/ecological cost factor to supporting a packaged and shipped Superfoods diet.
The most Qi-potent foods available are the living foods, the local, fresh, organic, and especially, the wild ones. What was needed, he realized, was a place to call home. Not a free-floating cosmopolitanism of the Metro-scape, but a return home in a deeper sense: to the green spaces, gardens and wild places of his own Motherland, Canada. He needed a place to root deep in the Earth herself. Nature's Call was a setting sun in the land Westward for this Chef. The Wild Coast of Sooke, British Columbia was to become his Holy Land stand through Food~Power.