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Calum Best and Georgia Salamat outline UK dark kitchen ambitions

Calum Best, Georgia Salama and Fraser Carruthers

TV’s Calum Best and Georgia Salamat have joined forces with hospitality mogul Fraser Carruthers to launch a premium Hawaiian food delivery kitchen, called Poké the Bear.

The new opening in the heart of Chelsea has been fuelled by the increased desire for quality food being delivered post-lockdown.

Poké the Bear will deliver sustainable and healthy Hawaiian dishes, known as poké bowls. They are one of the US state’s most popular dishes, traditionally consisting of diced raw fish, salad and a number of healthy toppings.

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The menu has been exclusively designed by co-founder and executive chef Georgia Salamat.

The Le Corden Bleu graduate caught the nation’s attention earlier this year, reaching the final of BBC’s ‘Best Home Cook’ and on the back of it has decided to open her first dark kitchen with friends, Best and Carruthers.

Whilst the trio’s first venture will be based in the capital’s SW3, there is an aggressive expansion plan in place to open the poke delivery-only kitchens across major UK cities, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Ms Salamat said:“My ethos is, the world is my kitchen and I wanted to really show this off with the menu. Health and nutrition play a large role in all our lives, so incorporating this was always part of the vision. We want to serve super healthy and nutritious bowls, without compromising on flavour.

“We’ve sourced the very best organic and sustainable products. From the pineapple to the packaging, we aim to be as eco-friendly as possible.”

Co-founder Mr Best said: “With the current climate we’re in, we’ve all seen a huge rise in food being delivered directly to people’s houses. I’ve teamed up with Fraser and Georgia because I knew they can bring a wealth of experience to create a successful brand. We’re all passionate about food and want to create a lifestyle brand that provides utterly delicious dishes that are truly good for you.”

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