April 1, 2021
Meet Mission Kitchen, a new social food enterprise for London’s next generation of food entrepreneurs, supporting small food businesses with big ideas – and set to open in Nine Elms in June.
Food offers people from every walk of life the chance to start a business, love their work, fulfil their potential, and change the world around them for the better.
Mission Kitchen plans to create positive social change through support, mentorship, and advice. If you’re an independent chef, a baker or food brand maker – this is the place for you.
The initiative is located within The Food Exchange, a new building dedicated to food enterprise in the heart of New Covent Garden Market, London’s leading fresh produce market specialising in fruit, vegetables and flowers.
The new space includes 16,000 square foot of cooking, working, learning and dining space. The site includes shared kitchens with flexible memberships, private kitchen units, office space, hot-desking membership, and a fully equipped training and development kitchen.
This is the latest chapter in the area’s food reputation. In celebration of the area’s market garden heritage Wandsworth Council is promoting and supporting the emergence of a new Food and Horticulture Quarter, including the area around New Covent Garden Market and the Food Exchange. Find out more about the area’s market garden heritage in the Nine Elms and Battersea cultural strategy.
To celebrate the launch, Mission Kitchen are inviting a limited number of Founding Members to join for an exclusive two-month Soft Launch period.
Apply to join a hand-picked group of food entrepreneurs with early access to the site, half-price membership, exclusive offers and the chance to shape what Mission Kitchen becomes.
Applications close Sunday 11 April at 6pm.
The project is being delivered in partnership with New Covent Garden Market Authority and is supported with grant funding from the Mayor of London through the GLA’s Good Growth Fund.
As the Covid-19 pandemic pushed millions of people into food poverty and forced thousands of food businesses to the brink of collapse, Mission Kitchen wanted to help.
Mission Meals has been paying at-risk food businesses to prepare meals and distribute these for free to people in need, working with partners including Chefs in Schools, City Pantry, Migrateful and Hawksmoor.
Over the past eight months Mission Meals has delivered 21,000 meals and supported 14 businesses.