Lina Bou
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Lina Bou

 

Lina is an internationally acclaimed retreat chef and published author that has cooked for people from around the world. Originally Swedish, half Spanish she now lives in France since 2012.

As a freelance cook she travels around the world, to cook for different events, consulting for companies, restaurants and Cooks. She also do limited health consultation on distance and organizing nutritional or culinary workshops.

Her specialty is the vegetarian foods, often including wild foraged edible plants and flowers.

She likes simple combinations with a twist, often with one vegetable in focus, playing with textures and colors.

She is known for her artist’s eye for detail, texture, flavor and masterful presentation. She combines her playful passion for wild edible and medicinal plants, art and food in her kitchen.

Photography Laurence Revol

Photography Laurence Revol

 
 
 

Background

My Journey

I started very early being interested in food, healthy living and sport. When I was 16 years old I started deepening my knowledge and use in nutritional- and plant medicine. I could see and feel the great benefits in my energy when changing my diet. I became stronger and happier and I felt straight away that it is a subject that must spread the world even more: The Medicinal Power of Food.
I traveled the world, and came back to Stockholm in my twenties to study nutritional therapy and herbal medicine for two years. During and after my studies I worked with several health and food companies in Stockholm.
In 2012 I moved to Paris, France, where I have been engaged with different quality Cafés as been cooking for several Yoga Retreats on the side. After managing Cafe Smörgås for two years I have been traveling the world to my clients since January 2017, as freelance.

In my cooking there are no rules, except quality produce and hygiene. For the food to taste good the creativity needs to flow. My biggest tool in the kitchen, and in art, is intuition. I like natural plates, with focus on the vegetable. Simple but surprising, tasty and energizing.

Wild edibles that has been harvest in the close nature teach people about new flavors, textures and about what is actually growing around in their surrounding. I love sharing that passion, it often surprises people, very positively.

Our choices as Cooks, have a big great role in the society. To choose sustainable way to cook and organic or small farmers products, makes not only your choice but the ones eating it too. To follow the seasons, and educate people about your food I believe make a big difference in the world. Because, it is the lack of education that make people making bad choices. I work with local farmers, and always aim for a sustainable collaboration. The farmers are the hero’s.

Photography Laurence Revol

Photography Laurence Revol

“I combine my love for creation with good food and my knowledge in plant medicine and holistic nutrition. I think one of the best ways to attract peoples attention is through art. My drawing and illustrations of local medicinal plants did a success. My message was to show people all the healing plants we are surrounded by, but on the walls. Old wise history with a new perspective.”

Lina has exposed her art at gallerie OFR in Paris, at Providence Guethary and other places. Latest collaboration is the OFR totebag in organic cotton with her echinacea drawing, sold worldwide.

 
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Healthy Body Happy Mind
If you ask Lina what diet she has, she will probably answer none, or qualitarian. Her sensibility for food combinations is high, but she doesn't like to talk about diets or take food as a religion. The one thing she cares most about is to respect the nature around. To adapt the food to the surroundings and the climate, she thinks is the best option for the locals and the people. Then she can adapt for the clients, and the needs, of course. But her job is to make everyone happy, from the farmer to the one tasting her food.

Everyone has different needs, tastes and desires, In art, music, dance and also food. I think that what we eat is as vital to the state of our general health as is love, relationships, self care, art and creativity. The balance is very important, something i confirmed with myself and also working as Nutritional Therapist.
Surrounding yourself with loving friends and relationships, enjoying your daily life and feeding your spirit is equally nourishing as healthy eating, that is my belief, and I wish to give that message and inspire people to enjoy and follow their own heart.

Healthy is not what you do once in a while, it is your lifestyle – environmental, physically and mentally.

 
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Featured in

BASQUE INTERNATIONAL, CHEF'S PORTRAIT

 

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Lina has an artist’s eye for detail, texture, flavor and masterful presentation!
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/  Back2roots retreats  /

 
 

Experience

After studying nutritional therapy and herbal medicine in Stockholm, Sweden, Lina worked in several health companies as a nutritional therapist and as a private cook.

Growing up with two cultures, she early learned the different qualities of several traditions. With a Swedish discipline and a Latino passion she knew in early days that combining the best of whats around you gives the honest result. In life, and on the table.

Lina have experience in managing a cafe, being a chef for restaurants like Cafe Smörgås, Paris and Providence Guethary, Guethary, organizing workshops and guiding people in healthy living and cooking.
She has worked for companies like Renee Voltaire, Cajsa Warg, Gryningen, IKEA, Roxy.

Featured in magazines like Niepi, Fricote, Basque International, Surf Session Mademoiselle, Vegan Living, Absolutely Mama, Business of feminin, Feminin Bio, in the book “Notre Aventure Sans Frigo” by Marie and Olivier Cochard. To mention a few.

January 2018 her book "Healthy & Happy Food (FR)" got published by Leduc Edition. It also got published in UK with the title "the Good Food Good Mood Cook book" with Eddison books and later in April same year released in US.

Her book is a project she worked for over years wanting to share simple cooking for everyone. Without focusing on any certain diet, the recipes are friendly for people with intolerance's for gluten, dairy or sugar.
The book is also an artistic project, together with her friend and photographer Sati Faulks they took photos in Paris in different locations with an analog camera.
There are also some of Lina's illustrations and collages in the book.
 

I wanted to give a playful and artistic touch to my book, that would inspire people not only to a healthy living but to be creative in every day life.
— Lina
 
 
 

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Her cooking truly embodies who she is happy healthy and delicious!
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/  Barbara, owner of bistro badaboom, Nice france  /