Kitchen School is a CIC (community interest company); a not for profit company.
We are based in Digbeth in Birmingham and in 2021 will begin working in rural Herefordshire, where the Director Jayne Bradley is now based.
We began in 2011 as a community food garden called Edible Eastside. It was a pioneering scheme in urban agriculture, led by artists and designers, it offered a strategy for how communities can live more sustainably.
Then, in 2014 we started the cookery school. Whilst we grew our own food, talked food miles, organic growing and sourcing wild and uncultivated foods, we felt we needed to actually teach people how to cook this amazing, natural produce. The meal and the conviviality of food was missing.
Edible Eastside closed in 2016 but we kept the spirit alive through Kitchen Food School where we celebrated communities, people's well being and just being in Digbeth with our supper clubs and community food projects.
Importantly, we still plough our profits into work with schools, community groups and develop programmes with people who need our skills and experience to improve their lives working with chefs, artists and architects.
Jayne, the Director has a background in Arts & Community Regeneration but was always obsessed with food. Eventually she was persuaded to develop food projects and cook for a living. Kitchen School is a cooking, eating, food education passion made real.