Hackney School of Food

by Chefs in Schools in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th December 2020 we successfully raised £1,475 ( + est. £192.50 Gift Aid ) with 16 supporters in 28 days

Pledge your support, learn to cook something new and ensure our School remains open to the whole community.

by Chefs in Schools in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

This project has been two years in the making for Chefs in Schools and LEAP Federation and we want to ensure that the Hackney School of Food continues to benefit local school children and their families. The pandemic has limited our ability to generate income for the School and so your donations will help to secure our future.

If you fancy honing your cooking skills and trying something new, have a look at the courses we have on offer on our website. Whether you want to mix things up on a Friday night or you've run out of ideas to entertain the kids, we have something to suit everyone. Please get in touch with us and we can organise the perfect cooking experience for you and your family/ friends/ colleagues.

Pay it Forward - a donation of £10 will pay for a child to enjoy a day cooking and gardening at the Hackney School of Food.

Our story

Located on Oswald Street in Clapton, the Hackney School of Food is a collaboration between our charity Chefs in Schools and the LEAP Foundation – made up of three state schools. We transformed a disused school building into a state-of-the-art food education hub - a cookery school and kitchen garden. We opened in March at the beginning of lock-down and we now urgently need to raise funding so that we can deliver on our ambition to transform children’s understanding and enjoyment of fresh food. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed major health inequalities across the country, with children and families suffering disproportionately. The Hackney School of Food is a unique, safe space for children and the wider community to learn how to grow their own produce and cook affordable, healthy and balanced meals. It is also open to the wider public – a place for families, friends and colleagues to book a class and learn something new. 

Developing cooking skills is integral for good health and nutrition, and it’s vital that we invest in educating our children about this. By teaching children about where their food comes from and connecting this with what they cook in the kitchen, we can empower them to both enjoy food and make healthier food choices.


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

£10 or more

Pay it forward

Pay for a child to spend the day at the Hackney School of Food where they will learn to cook what they have grown in the garden

£20 or more

1 of 60 claimed

Cook-along with your kids

This virtual lesson will provide a fun and easy activity for you to enjoy with your children. Classes will include pizza making, Mexican chicken fajitas and spaghetti meatballs.

£20 or more

3 of 60 claimed

Friday night in

Socialise virtually with friends in our cook-a-long sessions. Each dish is designed to be created from scratch in a home kitchen - our chefs will guide you through a recipe to create a fabulous quality meal in your own home. These include: Aubergine & Chickpea Masala with Saag and Chapati, Chipotle Chicken Fajitas with Crunchy Slaw and Fresh Guacamole plus the Perfect Pizza

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