Social Kitchen CIC is a social enterprise that inspires, trains and supports individuals, communities and organisations.
We use food to bring people together, share experiences, knowledge and understanding.
It’s as much about the journey as the destination – cooking is a craft that anyone can learn and can be just as pleasurable as the eating. Through cooking we can reach people, share recipes, likes and dislikes, create a sense of achievement, build confidence, increase social and practical skills, introduce new experiences, bring people together and of course create some fantastic dishes.
We believe in a hands on approach that encourages everyone to get stuck in.
Our experience working with a wide range of diverse communities has allowed us to develop practical, achievable training methods that are tailored to a specific individuals or group’s needs.
We love food and we think everyone should be able to access tasty
affordable and nutritious meals.
We believe in doing our bit and where possible we source sustainably, support local food businesses and use seasonal ingredients. We recycle food waste and use biodegradable packaging. By choosing Social Kitchen you are not just buying delicious food you are helping to support a socially responsible CIC.
Social Kitchen works with a variety of community groups accross London, third sector organisations, charities, schools, social enterprises, individuals, childrens centres and youth groups.
We work with pretty much anyone who’s interested in using food to connect with people.
What We Do
• Bespoke training packages
• Accredited food safety training
• Healthy eating and nutrition
• Cooking Skills
• Food related educational resources
• Event catering
• Establishing community cafes
• Cooking demonstrations
• Outreach and engagement activities
• To use food to bring people together
• To inspire, train and empower individuals and groups
• To increase awareness and access to good food
• To share the enjoyment and fun of food
Bespoke Training Packages
We offer support to individual's and groups who want to gain the skills, qualifications and confidence to run their own food project. Having designed and delivered projects with all ages and stages from weekly children’s centre cooking courses to estate based grow cook ‘n’ eat clubs we can put together the perfect package for you.
Accredited Food Safety Training
We offer accredited food safety training levels 1-3 with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance. Please contact us with your requirements and we will find the best solution for you.
Healthy Eating and Nutrition
We believe that everyone should be able to access affordable and nutritious food. Our training packages can include food budgeting, recipe adaptation, food label reading, healthy cooking techniques, sourcing local and seasonal foods, cooking for specific ages and stages and particular medical conditions. If there is anything else you would like to learn then please let us know and we can design your perfect course.
We offer courses that include health and safety, knife skills, food preparation, cooking techniques and recipes from around the globe. Alternatively if you want to try something a little different there is a whole world of food out there and we our doing our best to explore every corner. If you have a specialist area you would like to learn please get in touch and we will let you know if we can help.
Food Related Educational Resources
We have experience creating and designing fun educational resources and benchmarking tools. You can be involved as much as you like from helping with art work, to providing recipes and photos. Let us know what it is you would like and we can help you create it.
We offer catering for groups of 20-500 people within London. From dips and snacks to full blown feasts we can tailor a package to suit your needs. Let us know what you want and we can design the perfect menu. We are able to cater for specific health conditions, allergies, intolerances and much more.
Outreach and Engagement Activities
Food is a great tool for bringing people together and we use it to deliver a wide range of outreach and engagement activities. We can offer interactive food tasters, educational games and quizzes, cooking demonstrations, cooking activities and more.
We can provide a trained professional to deliver exciting fully interactive cooking demonstrations. There's no need for a professional kitchen we can set up in a field, a community hall or just about anywhere in between.
Establishing Community Cafes
Whether you want a once a month drop in or daily café service can provide the complete package to get you on your way. We have experience setting up venues, training and supporting staff. A community café is all about keeping it local and discovering the talent and enthusiasm in your area.
With over a decade of community training, nutrition and professional catering experience we believe that food connects us all and we all have something to share.
Kye Lockwood - Co Director
Loves food and has spent most of his career trying to convince people good food can make the world a better place. He started off in restaurant kitchens but quickly realised he preferred sharing the knowledge instead of being greedy, (although he can be a bit greedy if presented with dim sum). He has developed, delivered and led countless community healthy eating and wellbeing projects. He firmly believes that we should all live to eat (and learn to cook).
Sarah Sinclair - Co Director
Loves discovering new foods and sharing recipes. She has a background in nutrition, which led her into managing and delivering community food related projects. Working with diverse London communities proved to be the perfect way to tap into a wealth of food knowledge and tradition.
If you have a recipe you would like to share please get in touch.
We love sharing recipes and when we come across a good one we try it, test it and if it is is still good we post it on our facebook for everyone to have a go.
We welcome feedback so let us know how you get along.
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