The Young British Foodie Awards

What a night that was….. there we were at The Young British Foodie Awards (the ybf’s) shortlisted for a Giving Back award. In our category were H.M.Pasties and Planet Leicester Bakers. All three of us had very worthy reasons within our respected business to have been shortlisted and there could only be one of us awarded the prestigious accolade of winner.

As our category neared the butterfly’s ramped up a level in my tummy. We were there waiting to hear the name that came out the judges mouth…..

‘And the winner is…. H.M Pasties’…….. a very well deserved win. H.M.Pasties was set up by Lee Wakeham, an ex-offender and Groundwork Employment Coach, with the aim to ‘bring out the good inside’ by employing ex-offenders to make and sell delicious handmade Cornish-style pasties. Dignity, self-respect and a stable income are crucial to preventing reoffending, and securing employment is the key to achieving those goals.

The other runner up – Planet Leicester Bakers harness the power of handmade bread to bring local communities closer together. They give people the chance to learn, work and have fun together with bread dough. It is a business with community at its heart. The business works to harness the power of bread to break down barriers and improve wellbeing. Thereby putting into practice their business mantra of ‘Good bread doing good’.

And then there’s us. Sadly we didn’t win either but that’s ok. I got the opportunity to tell a wider audience about what we do over at the East Dulwich Supper Club (EDSC) which is to train local young people who need to earn whilst they learn and as our wonderful diners pay to eat with us we give 100% of the profits to Westminster House Youth Club in Nunhead, who divide it between two fantastic projects:

  1. Cooking from Scratch – a community cooking class hosted by chef Adrian Carter who is wheelchair bound – this not only gives perspective and understanding around diversity but it also teaches some less fortunate/disadvantaged young people how to cook ‘from scratch’ using fresh ingredients.
  2. Bridging the Gap, this project invites local elderly from the community to enjoy afternoon tea, cooked and served once again by young people in the youth club. This offers valuable opportunities for both generations to come together on common ground and dine together.