Bermondsey Community Kitchen
In our BID proposal we stated that we wanted to help with youth unemployment and aimed to help establish a cookery school in the area. Through our connections with local support agencies we were able to assist in helping to gain the initial funding and offer ongoing support to get the project off the ground.
Mike Donovan the Founder and Chair of Bermondsey Community Kitchen, is a local man who has run many successful businesses throughout his working life, who decided that he wanted to open a new eatery in the Blue to offer something different to the usual ‘café food’ available in the area. After renovating the premises at 9 Market Place he opened Duns Deli, which became an instant success, bringing many new customers to the area and establishing a great reputation for its quality menu of traditional British food.
A regular visitor to Dun’s was Ann Clayton, Community Engagement Manager for Big Local South Bermondsey; a local organisation dedicated to improving the lives of local people. One day Mike commented that there seemed to be “so many youngsters hanging around the market with nothing to do and nowhere to go” and mentioned that he would like to open a cookery school in the unused space above the Deli, to offer something positive to young people in the community, Ann steered Mike in the direction of the right organisations who could help with funding and further advice.
Mike seized the opportunity and after two years of hard work with the support of his family and innumerable volunteers, further grant funding was secured and the space was gradually kitted out with all the necessary utensils and equipment. The first cohort of students were recruited and began training in early in 2015 with the Bermondsey Community Kitchen being officially opened in September 2015 by celebrated Michelin star chef Mr Raymond Blanc.
The BCK offers free Level 1 City and Guilds Food Preparation and Cooking qualifications plus support for students in gaining employment post training. All profits are put back into the project which is now branching out into many different directions to help sustain its long term future.
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