A partnership with a world-renowned chef and a charity drop-in centre has provided the ingredients for an innovative new project to feed rough sleepers.
Modena-born Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura, whose hometown restaurant Osteria Francescana was named the world’s best by S. Pellegrino in 2016, has used his Food for Soul group to revamp the St Cuthbert’s Centre in Earl’s Court, London.
Working alongside fellow food waste reduction charity The Felix Project and the not-for-profit community group at the centre, Refetterio Felix sees up to 70 rough sleepers, pensioners and people with substance abuse or mental health problems being provided a three-course lunch every day from Monday to Friday.
Top-class meals are crafted from surplus and waste food from local supermarkets and wholesalers, which are sourced and delivered by The Felix Project.
The ingredients are then used to craft meals that fit with Food for Soul’s mission to “create and sustain community kitchens by bringing professionals from diverse fields to work together, from artisans and food suppliers to designers and institutions”.
The innovative project opened its doors on June 5 following a six-week refurbishment of St Cuthbert’s Centre which saw designers Studioilse give the run-down space a new lease of life through art and design. The big launch came as part of London Food Month, a city-wide festival celebrating the diversity of the capital’s cultures and cuisines.