The story begins in France, as a boy learns from his grandmother to cook with love…
Philippe Marill’s taste for fleur de sel and love of fine food began at a young age. He was raised in Montpellier, not far from the Camargue marshes where a large portion of French fleur de sel is produced. However, it was his grandmother, Mamie Rose, who inspired his passion for cooking. She taught him that all you need are three flavours and the magic of fleur de sel sprinkled on top to elevate the simplest of foods. She also helped him master the three-finger pinch! The crystallized sea salt flakes were a staple on the table, a delicious finishing touch to every meal. Consequently, Salt Spring Sea Salt was born.
As an adult, Philippe spent many years living in California, where he met his wife, Carolyn Kvajic. Whenever he returned to visit family in France, he would stock up on his beloved fleur de sel.
They moved to Salt Spring Island in 2013, inspired by the area’s natural beauty, organic produce, farm-to-table products, and artisan creations. Within a year, they had completely run out of the fleur de sel they had brought to the island. Looking around at the pristine natural beauty and the ocean of water at our doorstep, we had an “aha” moment – let’s make our own!