Single use plastic

The government has announced that plastic straws and drinks stirrers are to be banned in England from April 2020 Restaurants, bars and pubs will not be able to display plastic straws or automatically hand them out but will be able to provide them on request so that any customers with disabilities or specific medical needs […]

Sprig The Vegan Friendly vegetarian Pop Up

The Michelin starred Clove Club and Lyles of Shoreditch both started off as pop up supper clubs. This rags to riches story has inspired many young chefs and pop-ups are now a well established part of the dining scene in London. More recently the Thai restaurant Som Saa completed the successful Crowdfunded move from a […]

The Restaurant Show 2016

Following its move to Olympia last year The Restaurant Show is now firmly established as one of the major industry events in the calendar and now includes the Pub & Bar Show and Conscious Hospitality Show and of course the National Chef of the Year competition. I visited the show today to see what is […]

Pass the Crickets! – a #soundbites guide to entomophagy

Insects form a regular part of the human diet in many countries across the globe, Witchetty grubs in Australia, locusts in Africa, leafcutter ants in Columbia; they are a recognised source of protein and other key nutrients and can be reared and processed at a fraction of the cost of traditional high protein farming, beef […]

The Chef Shortage

The Chef Foundation was delighted to be asked to contribute to the latest edition of Chef Magazine with an article about the Chef Shortage. Is there really a shortage of chefs? There have been lots in the industry press over the past 12 months about the chronic shortage of skilled chefs. Cooking has never been […]

“Sound Bites” at The Battersea Canteen

Soundbites is a new podcast based feature from The Chef Foundation & Food for the Soul working with and supporting Carecasters & Sugarbox who produce and manage all Soundbites podcasts. Carecasters is a registered charity supporting and giving a voice to the caring community throughout the UK. For this first podcast in the series Soundbites visited […]

The Birth of Fred’s

The catering industry is still a “honey pot” dream for hundreds of “have a go” people from all walks of life. “I love cooking and have always wanted to run a small restaurant”, buying that pub in the country to retire, starting a tea rooms for my daughter etc etc and to be honest the […]

Hotelympia 2016

The organisers of this years Hotelympia exhibition at the Excel London have really upped their game. I have skipped this show for a few years as previous visits have been drab, poorly organised, uninspiring and often a waste of time. Not this year. The current show 29th Feb to 3rd March is outstanding. The catering […]

Private Dining Service

The Chef Foundation and Food for the Soul now offer a private dining service bringing contemporary fine dining into your own home. Professional chefs, your choice of dishes in your kitchen at affordable prices.   Formal dinner parties, buffets, BBQ’s, receptions,  get-togethers, birthday parties etc. This also includes private cookery classes on a one to […]

#TChefs. The Chefs gear money can’t buy

Kicking off 2016 with The Chef Foundation #T-Chefs campaign. To say “thank you” to our great database of chefs, candidates successfully placed in employment now receive complimentary Chef Foundation T-Shirts made exclusively for us by Mad-Teestops. All we ask is for chefs to send in a photo of themselves wearing their T-Shirt, this can be […]