A charity that helps refugee chefs integrate into UK society by getting them to share their cuisine with the public is set to open a cookery school in London. It follows a crowdfunding campaign, which this week surpassed its £126,000 target.
Before the pandemic, Migrateful ran in-person cookery classes led by refugee and migrant chefs to help them integrate and improve their English, boosting their chances of employment. Now, the charity is preparing to transform a vacant space in Clerkenwell into a cookery school for chefs who have come to the UK to seek a better life.
The Crowdfunder was nudged over the line thanks to a £45,000 pledge from City Hall. Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, said: “Our communities have some fantastic ideas on how to emerge from the pandemic and bring our city together. We’re proud to support this project and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the local community.”