Food for Soul’s second international project will be a community kitchen in London, called Refettorio Felix, to open this June in collaboration with London-based food waste charity The Felix Project. This will take place in time for London Food Month, a local festival celebrating the diversity of British food culture.

The new Refettorio Felix will be revamped by local architects who will also install a professional kitchen where surplus ingredients provided by The Felix Project will be turned into delicious menus. The decoration is being handled by eminent London interior designer Studioilse (past projects include Soho House New York and Mathias Dahlgren restaurant) whose defining mission is “to put human needs and desires at the centre of all.”

During London Food Month, Refettorio Felix will provide lunch from Monday to Friday for the homeless and those in socially vulnerable conditions. The aim is to serve more than 2,000 meals using five tonnes of recovered food.

More than 30 British have accepted Massimo Bottura’s invite to cook in Refetaorio Felix. So far those confirmed include: Alain Ducasse (along with Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet), Alberto Crisci (from The Clink Charity), Angela Hartnett, Anna Hansen, Antonio Favuzzi, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Brett Graham, Bruno Loubet, Clare Smyth, Claude Bosi, Damian Clisby, Daniel Boulud, Douglas McMaster, Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Francesco Mazzei, Giorgio Locatelli, Isaac McHale, James Lowe, Jason Atherton, Jess Murphy, Jonny Lake (Executive Head Chef The Fat Duck), Leandro Carreira, Lee Tiernan, Margot Henderson, Michel Roux Jr., Monica Galetti, Nuno Mendes (chef of Chiltern Firehouse), Oliver Peyton, Sat Bains, Roberto Ortiz, (head chef of Lima) and Robbin Holmgren (head chef of Fifteen).

Following the month-long festival, Refettorio Felix will continue be supported by Food for Soul and The Felix Project to serve meals prepared by two resident cooks as well as assistance from guest chefs. The community space will also be used to host events, workshops and social entrepreneurship programmes to engage the local community in the fight against food waste.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on the project including its location and guest chefs - all to be revealed soon!

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