The founder of London’s hugely successful Street Feast concept has said the business would welcome support with making sure its traders are getting the most from their kitchen operations.
Street Feast launched in 2012 and has transformed derelict and disused spaces, including car parks, old markets, office blocks and warehouses, into unique night markets and food arenas. Some of its sites attract up to as many as 10,000 people at a time.
Entrepreneur Jonathan Downey said sites typically include between 12 and 15 mini kitchens with counters and extraction.
As many of its traders initially start out as amateur chefs with no commercial experience, they don’t necessarily have an understanding of how they could get more from their kitchen footprint or which equipment would serve them best.
Speaking at the Ceda Conference last week, Mr Downey said: “We used to have [Temper owner and acclaimed chef] Neil Rankin helping us for about eight months on a consultative basis when he was in between roles and he would be able to show where a kitchen set-up might be wrong. We haven’t got that type of person in the business at the moment, but I would really like to get that again.”
Mr Downey viewed some of the equipment on show in the exhibitor area of the Ceda Conference and said it had inspired him to contact its traders and encourage them to collectively seek out the latest innovations.
“We’ve got a WhatsApp group and I’ve messaged it to say that we really need to all go together to a restaurant or bar show and see what’s out there,” he said.
Street Feast’s portfolio currently includes Dinerama in Shoreditch, Hawker House in Canada Water, Giant Robot in Canary Wharf, Public in Woolwich and Model Market in Lewisham.