Help us build a new training academy

by Fat Macy's in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th September 2021 we successfully raised £58,055 ( + est. £6332.75 Gift Aid ) with 213 supporters in 78 days

With your help, we want to build a new training venue in Shoreditch to expand our programme and increase our impact.

by Fat Macy's in London, England, United Kingdom

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 New stretch target

Fat Macy's are crowdfunding to build a new training academy


Our journey so far... 

Fat Macy’s is a social enterprise that exists to help young Londoners get out of hostels and into their own home by training and working in our food businesses.

We launched in 2016 as a catering company and opened our first restaurant site last year. We've had 30 trainees go through our programme and so far 10 of them have secured a housing deposit for their first flat.

See the moment our first trainee Emmanuel completed his training (BBC Three) - here



Fat Macy’s Training Programme: A new approach.

Over the last 5 years, our training team has been refining our 200-hour programme to make it as holistic as possible.

Trainees can learn alongside professional chefs in the kitchen to make our Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. They can try a range of front-of-house roles like barista and sommelier. Or they can dive into the behind-the-scenes business operations and customer service. And once they've completed the programme we continue to support them for up to two years, as they need it.

Our aim is for each person who trains with us to find what they enjoy and to develop skills and practical experience that they can use in future.

Don't take our word for it, hear about the programme straight from some of our trainees - here



Why are we crowdfunding?

The last year has been incredibly challenging for us. Many of our long-standing catering events were cancelled overnight. And we opened our Ebury restaurant in Pimlico in the midst of an ongoing lockdown. This space has allowed us to continue to get our amazing trainees back through the doors and training again, but it's limited by its size. And we are at capacity...



Fat Macy's Impact

The need for the programme is greater than ever. We see our recruitment numbers increasing but without a new venue, we can't offer as many places as we want to on our programme and respond the way we know we can.

We need to create a space that will enable us to work with more people and give trainees the experience they deserve. 

Thanks to Brookfield Properties we have been offered an incredible space on Shoreditch High Street that we can turn into a new restaurant and training academy. 

By opening in Shoreditch, each year we'll be able to train 100 people and provide a minimum of twenty people with housing deposits to move into their own homes. 

But we need your help to make it happen.


What the money will go towards.

We need to raise £45,000 to fit out our training academy and kitchen and transform a disused building in Shoreditch.

We have come up with some pretty incredible and delicious rewards from intimate dinners for you and the ones you love, to cooking classes, wine tastings and more.

If you want to join us on this next step on the Fat Macy’s journey, please do consider supporting us – here’s hoping to raise a glass and share a bite with you in Shoreditch very soon!

Thank you!!

The Fat Macy’s Family xxx


Find out more below:


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£75 or more

Two course lunch or dinner for two

We'll treat you to a two course Middle Eastern inspired lunch or dinner menu, with a welcome drink included.

£20 or more

Cardamom doughnuts and a tote bag

Our cardamom doughnuts have got everyone talking. Come and get a packet of fresh doughnuts filled with cardamom cream and a Fat Macy's tote bag when we open in Shoreditch.

£35 or more

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Launch party

Come join us when we throw open the doors (usual Covid-related disclaimers...) to our brand new restaurant and wine bar in Shoreditch in the autumn. We'll welcome you with a few drinks and snacks, meet the team, and celebrate the launch of our second site.

£50 or more

Tote bag and our favourite natural wine

Choose from a line up of beautiful wines hand-selected by Alex, and collect from Shoreditch in a beautiful Fat Macy's tote bag.

£50 or more

Tote bag and treats

Choose from a line up of three Fat Macy's products and collect from Shoreditch in a beautiful Fat Macy's tote bag.

£100 or more

Five lunches on us

Kick back, relax, and let us whip you up our lunch plate of the day. Drinks not included.

£250 or more

Fat Macy's Hamper

Some of our tastiest Fat Macy's treats, combined with products from our favourite social enterprise partners, and of course a bottle of Alex's choice. Collect from Shoreditch or we can deliver.

£750 or more

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Wine tasting for six

Hosted by wine guy Alex, have a night sampling the best natural wines in our new restaurant with six friends. Wines will be accompanied by our favourite bar snacks, to keep you going well into the night.

£1,000 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Meal for six in our private dining room

We'll be opening a beautiful private dining room in the basement of our restaurant. Treat yourself and five friends to a curated meal by our head chef, with wine pairings on all dishes.

£2,000 or more

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Bespoke cooking class

Join us for a bespoke cooking class for six, with some of our incredible chefs and trainee chefs. This class offers an insight into some of our tastiest dishes, paired with wines by Alex. The day ends round the table with a delicious meal, and each person will go home with a bag full of Fat Macy's treats!

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