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Waterhouse Nominated for ‘Roots to Work’ Urban Food Award

Waterhouse Restaurant, one of Shoreditch Trust’s social enterprises, is in with a chance of winning an Urban Food Award in the ‘Roots to Work’ category, for organisations that train people to help them into the food trade.


01 July 2016

This local restaurant, based on Regent’s canal in Shoreditch, was set up to host Shoreditch Trust’s Blue Marble Training Programme for vulnerable young people. The programme provides knowledge, skills and opportunities to access careers in catering, whilst ongoing pastoral support from the programme coordinators and restaurant’s chefs aids a successful transition to independent living.

The social enterprise restaurant provides training and prospects to young people who struggle to find support elsewhere. The culinary skills that trainees receive in a live kitchen setting, combined with the programme’s extensive network can result in sustainable careers in the food industry.

Waterhouse also strives to operate sustainably, sourcing local and seasonal ingredients and certified sustainable fish. They work to reduce waste and utilise surplus produce. Moreover, they use social enterprise and FairTrade suppliers to support fairer social practice. This aligns with their mission to improve social standards, providing disengaged young people with opportunities to contribute to the local economy and community through employment.

The Urban Food Awards, run by the Mayor of London, Borough Market and London Food Link, “recognise fantastic food and drink grown and made across the capital’s boroughs, and the small, community-focussed producers behind them”. The awards celebrate good food practices and the people behind them.