Food has always been a sector where people from humble origins can make it big. Some of our nation’s greatest chefs and restaurateurs, such as Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing, Simon Hopkinson and many others, left school with few qualifications, joining catering colleges or becoming kitchen porters before working their way up and starting restaurants in their own right.
With its amazing culinary mix of Vietnamese, Bangladeshi, Turkish and many other cuisines, you don’t have to look far to find hidden entrepreneurs in the kitchen of many homes in London.
But competition for plum trading spots or pop-up residencies is fierce, and application processes opaque. And too often, the world of street food or pop-up restaurants remain a world away to poor Londoners, whatever their interest in food.
We think that, given the right resources, food provides a fantastic route to creating self-sufficient businesses. Within this group, we specifically work with women, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as young people. We deliver an intensive programme of mentoring, support and market access.