The Felix Project has teamed up with the Taste of London festival for a record-breaking cook-off with 6,000 meals donated to those in need.
Taste of London, the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest food festival”, kicked off last week in London’s Regent’s Park.
This year the company has collaborated with our charity partner, The Felix Project, also known as the largest distributor of surplus food in the capital.
Volunteers from the charity will cook meals on-site before they get packaged and delivered in green Felix vans to charities and schools in need across London on Monday.
The meals, using produce donated by Taste of London range from roast potatoes, curry and rice to vegetarian cuisines.
Each £6 dish bought by festival goers at the Felix stall helps the charity deliver 36 meals to people without enough food.
The cook-off is two weeks before The Felix Project launches the biggest social kitchen in central London, a project that will cook and distribute 1.5 million meals a year to hungry school children and vulnerable families.
It comes as the virus pandemic led to a rising crisis of food poverty with one million Londoners furloughed during 2020.
Celebrities, including Master chef quarter finalist Daniel Britton and Capitan of team GB Butchers Simon Taylor, also backed The Felix Project’s efforts and have taken part in over-night cooking sessions.
Leon Aarts told the Standard: “The Felix project is a charity partner for the Taste of London festival and so that means we have a stand here and we cook meals and the money we raise is for Felix.
“This allows us to do more of our work and it’s good to get our story out there. We're trying to cook as many meals as possible.”
He added: “We have a surplus food day and Taste offered us their facilities and the Fire Pit crew, which is a group of guys who barbecue, they have a sponsor and they cook lots of meat and vegetables so together with our chefs we made roast potato and coleslaw to send to those in need.”
The kitchen aims to respond to the growing demand of families in need.
It is staffed by 12 professional chefs and 50 volunteers.
It will be situated in the heart of Tower Hamlets where 55 per cent of children live in poverty.