who we are
With a mission to inspire and nurture people and communities to help themselves through food and lifestyle choices, Charlotte (Charlie) Wilson opened Help Yourself Café in October 2008.
Bypassing the conventional route, the University of Life took Charlie around the world on many adventures. She worked on a boat in the Caribbean serving the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Mick Jagger; she sailed her own boat and was shipwrecked on a deserted island; she was a Cordon Bleu chef, owned her own catering company in London followed by a restaurant in the French Alps, to highlight a few.
Then in 2006, after becoming increasingly interested in health and nutrition, Charlie had The Dream: She wanted to provide food and education to enhance lives with increased energy, greater vitality and superior health, delivered in a way that is fun, accessible, tasty, satisfying and easy to incorporate into a busy schedule.
She’d been living in Key West for two years, and left for New York on a mission to learn everything she could about nutrition, whole foods, raw foods and food and healing. She enrolled in the chefs training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and got a job at Pure Food and Wine, the premier raw food restaurant. She absorbed herself in the lifestyle, met some great people and learned a lot. Two and a half years later the opportunity arose to come back to Key West and open her own restaurant; Help Yourself was born.
"I would like to give special thanks to Simon Basner, Paul Menta and Annie Gascoyne, all whom have played an integral part in the journey of Help Yourself to date." May 2010