The World’s Best Chefs Are Coming Together For London’s Homeless

Refettorio Felix is one of London Food Month's most exciting and socially conscious installations. And it's just the start...
Photo credit: Clinks Charity

Refettorio Felix launched in June for London Food Month. A food pop up with a difference, it is the brainchild of 3 Michelin starred Massimo Bottura, thought by many to be the best chef in the world, and his non-profit organisation Food for Soul.

The concept is that brand-name chefs like Michel Roux work with the Clinks charity and the Felix Project to recycle five tonnes of leftover food into 2,000 gourmet meals. These meals are going to London’s homeless community served up by ex-offenders at the newly refurbished St Cuthbert’s Centre – a community space in Earl’s Court. You can check out the inspiring work being done by heading down to St Cuthbert’s for 4pm to 5pm on a weekday this month.

But this initiative isn’t just a flash in the pan (so to speak). Once the month-long festival’s over, Refettorio Felix will continue providing meals to the homeless through two resident cooks as well as hosting events to get people engaged in the fight against food waste. Talk about social bang for your buck.

Here’s what the CEO of Clinks, Chris Moore, told The Big Issue magazine:

“We are delighted to be supporting chef Massimo Bottura’s charitable food wastage project for yet another year”

“As a charity and as a hospitality business we always look to work in collaboration with other likeminded organisations and Refettorio Felix, like The Clink, works tirelessly to change lives for the better.

And here’s some despatches from the space: coming together nicely, guys…

This is the power of social enterprise: bringing top people together to make tangible differences to our community. More innovation in cuisine and commmunity action please

CREDITS: Big Issue Magazine, @felixprojectwl, Clinks Charity (quote and image)

 

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  • Juan
    22 June 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, fantastic initiative and a good article. I’m not sure I understand the model – who is paying for the popup’s overheads (space, the ovens/energy) etc? Presumably the homeless who are being fed are not asked to pay?

    Cheers

  • gotilo
    23 June 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Juan according GOTiLo’s understanding is that this is funded by Mr. Bottura’s own foundation Food For Soul and ‘supported’ by the Felix project. We don’t have a precise breakdown of the mix but my best guess is that overhead is covered by the former while food is donated by the latter, though i stress without access to the full accounts that is a guess!

    Thanks for the comment – this is exactly the sort of question people should ask about enterprises like these.

  • gotilo
    23 June 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Juan
    26 June 2017 at 9:31 am

    Cool!

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