Fund a Home for Trainee Chefs

by Jake, Nathalie and Clarice in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st February 2018 we successfully raised £30,115 with 80 supporters in 64 days

Help us create a home to support London’s young and unemployed to become the next generation of street food chefs and entrepreneurs

by Jake, Nathalie and Clarice in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target


Thank you so much! We have reached our initial target of £30,000 thanks to the hard work and generosity of all our kind supporters. We couldn't have done it without you!

The money that we have raised so far will pay for the long-term rent of our Test Kitchen, giving us a permanent space to scale up our street food trading, take on extra catering jobs and grow to work with more young people each year. 

Any further money that we raise will be invested in equipment for the kitchen, allowing us to teach specialist practices and techniques that will help our trainees get jobs in the best restaurants and food businesses in the industry.

Thank you for your support. Let's do this!

Our Mission

Backed by The Mayor of London, Kitchenette Karts is a social enterprise with a mission to help young and unemployed Londoners into fulfilling, happy careers in food. At the moment we’re very fortunate to be able to use borrowed spaces and community halls (as well as our own personal kitchens) to do all our prepping and teaching, but now we’re looking for a home of our own.

The food sector is thriving: over 1.6 million people in the UK work in restaurants, cafes and other food service businesses (Labour Market Statistics (ONS)) and in 2015, the sector contributed over £81bn to the economy (Pitney Bows). There are an abundance of job opportunities in the food industry, but young people from low-income backgrounds often lack the knowledge and network to find secure well-paid work, and the skills or qualifications to obtain it. 

What We Do

Since launching in 2015 we’ve bought, stripped-down and kitted out a 1979 Bedford catering van as a mobile training kitchen for our trainees to gain hands-on experience selling our delicious, sustainable sandwiches. By partnering with local charities, large and small, we’ve built a community around the food we love, working with our network of London’s top street food businesses and restaurants to provide an engaging route into employment and entrepreneurship for London’s young and unemployed.

What We'll Do With The Funding 

Now we’re looking for a home where we can scale up our street food trading to become more sustainable and grow our programme to work with more young people each year. Our Test Kitchen will be a hub from which we can teach, train and prepare food with our trainees, with talks and workshops from our mentors, giving our trainees the chance to demo their own ideas, host dinners and tastings, and help us to build a community around the food we love.

We’ve got the plan ready, a space, and all we need now is your support. Help us to create a home for food makers, a hub for our community, and a space for us to train a generation of young chefs that we really believe in.

Our Impact 

Who We Are

Jake Slater, Nathalie Moukarzel and Clarice Hilton make up the Kitchenette Karts team. Having worked and traveled as a chef across Europe’s best restaurants, including London’s own Moro and Morito, Nathalie understands better than anyone how kitchens can provide a space for young people to develop, and is understandably delighted by the prospect of no longer catering for large events from her own personal kitchen. Clarice uses her own experience as Programme Manager at Code First: Girls and award-winning street food stall Yum Bun to lead on pastoral mentorship. While Jake combines his passions for working with young people and eating sandwiches, alongside a wealth of project management experience at social enterprises, to head up the team.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Launch Party

One gift bag with a beautiful Mason London-designed Kitchenette Karts t-shirt or print. Plus one ticket to our charity launch feast with music from some of East London’s best DJs, and your first drink and delicious hot sandwich on us. (UK postage only)

£250 or more

Membership Card (plus previous reward)

One Kitchenette Karts membership card, which gets you 15% full discount - for life. To say thank you, we will write your name on the wall of our kitchen, and invite you to our Dish Development Night, where you will help us decide which recipes make the final cut by tasting fried chicken, labneh and spicy jackfruit, washed down with a few drinks. (UK postage only)

£2,000 or more

Four-Course Dinner for 10

One beautiful four-course dinner cooked by a Morito chef for up to 10 people, in the London area. This reward is redeemable anytime within the next two years so if you have a special occasion coming up, or are planning an event for your business, this is perfect for you.

£2,000 or more

Street Food Party for 40

One Street Food Party cooked by a Morito chef at your house or office for up to 40 people. This reward is redeemable anytime within the next two years so if you have a special occasion coming up, or are planning an event for your business, this is perfect for you.

£10,000 or more

Street Food Masterclass

One Street Food Masterclass with our chef Nathalie (Morito) for you and up to ten friends or colleagues. You’ll spend a whole day in our Test Kitchen, learning to make our street food menu, perfecting your labneh, preserved lemons, Vietnamese fried chicken and Sri Lankan jackfruit curry - and then try your hand as a street food trader from our beautiful pink van! You will also be profiled on our website as a supporter.

£25,000 or more

Join Our Advisory Board

You’ll eat for free for life, and join our Advisory Board as a valued investor and supporter. Contact us through Crowdfunder for more information.

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