A new Brixton restaurant incubator will launch with three leading London chefs and restaurateurs as judges. Brixton Kitchen’s two-tiered scheme will award two budding restaurant operations with a six month residency in Brixton Village. Entrants that make it to the final stage will be judged by Great British Menu winner and 1251 Islington restaurant chef-owner James Cochran, Royal Wedding cake maestro and owner of Violet Cakes in Hackney, Claire Ptak, and St Leonards, Brunswick House, and soon-to-be Orasay chef-restaurateur Jackson Boxer.
The two-tiered award offers both ‘amateur’ and ‘experienced’ operators the chance to win. The former, limited to home cooks and first-timers, is open to anyone in Greater London, while the latter, for those who have already run supper clubs, pop-ups, residencies, and the like, is restricted to Lambeth. The prize also includes mentorship for the winners, covering salient topics for new restaurateurs including financial management, intellectual property — something that stung judge James Cochran last year — and marketing.
Director of Brixton Village, Alistair Maddox, said:
Brixton has a long history of entrepreneurship we are keen to reflect this in our custodianship of the market. Brixton Kitchen is a way to celebrate food, community and support entrepreneurship here in the heart of Brixton. By investing in local innovation we’re hoping to realise our vision for Brixton Village as a cultural and creative space where existing traders thrive, new traders can be established and locals and visitors can continuously discover new experiences and homegrown talent.
The deadline for entries to Brixton Kitchen is February 17 2019 — the Brixton Village restaurant incubator’s entry form is here.