In the second our series of Female Food Founders we meet the co-founder of Grenade. The company’s products, including their famous Carb Killa bars, are sold to over 80 countries. Grenade was sold for £72m to Lion Capital in 2017 and is growing strongly. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, chatted with Juliet Barratt co-founder of Grenade about trends, tanks and taking a stand.
Foodchain is a simple idea that’s helping to connect chefs directly with producers, changing the way food buying is done to create a fair, functioning and sustainable food system. This feature has put products such as wonky veg and pullet eggs, perfectly delicious products which go to waste in the current industrial food system, on chefs menus.
Pervin is co-patron and Operations Director of Cafe Spice Namaste, the longest running BIB Gourmand restaurant in Michelin Guide. She was instrumental in the expansion of a family business that today includes Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at Hilton London Heathrow T5 , Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at the Lincoln Plaza London, and Mr. Todiwala’s Petiscos in Buckhurst Hill.
Quirky, surprising, beautiful, revolting, tasty, synthetic, thought-provoking, eye-brow raising but never, ever dull. If you’re interested in food, its origins and its future you must go to Food: Bigger Than The Plate – the new exhibition at the V & A Museum in London. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, went along to the show’s public opening on 18 May to see the museum’s take on the politics and pleasure of food.
Each year we spend £3 billion on sandwiches! This year, a woman set out to revolutionise that bready carrier by selling thousands of AirWraps to the UK’s largest supermarket, filling what she sees as an important gap in the market. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, chatted with Anishya Kumar of Zinda Foods about sandwiches, start ups and selling to supermarkets.
Scripts for Supper is the brain-child of former MasterChef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie. It’s an immersive dining experience, adapting classic stories, served with a menu inspired by the story. Fellow MasterChef finalist Juanita Hennessey is now Head Chef and designed a seasonal menu to match the much loved The Wind in The Willows. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, went along to a preview at Stepney City Farm.
Be inspired, as our co-founder Janie Ash, interviews two successful entrepreneurs; award-winning entrepreneur Carl Morris, co-founder of popular restaurant chain Yard & Coop and Jonathan Poole, co-owner of Red & Blue Restaurants, the company behind Bacaro, Salt House Tapas and Hanover Street Social at this Enterprise Nation Event on 12th June at Leaf in Manchester.
We spoke to BAFTA winning TV Series Producer and Development Exec Antonia Lloyd who is always on the hunt for new TV talents that could launch the next big food format. Antonia has produced BBC One’s MasterChef, Britain’s Best Home Cook, and Channel 4’s new series Beat the Chef – hosted by Andi Oliver and due out later this year. Here she helps to unpack the process of getting on TV.
We interviewed all of the amazing women about appearing on Great British Menu – Sabrina Gidda of Allbright, Emily Scott of St Tudy Inn, Lorna McNee of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles, Samira Effa formerly of The Alimentum and Cindy Challoner formerly of The Classroom. They all performed amazingly and did their regions proud. Good luck to Lorna McNee who made it through to finals week. We’re following her progress to see if she makes the banquet on Friday 17th May!
Thanks to new Head Chef, Ruth Hansom, Pomona’s in Notting Hill is going through a transformation. One that celebrates the best of British ingredients with an assured hand, inventiveness and an emphasis on sharing. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, was invited to lunch with a select group of food writers to sample the menu.