Think.Eat.Drink, The Camden Society and Unity Kitchen
Widely known for his collaboration with Jamie Oliver as founder of the apprentice training Fifteen Restaurant, Think.Eat.Drink’s Jamie Grainger-Smith has been involved with a number of other cross social/hospitality projects over the past years. Among those he ranks as his proudest achievements is his collaboration with charity The Camden Society, in the foundation of the catering operation Unity Kitchen.
Unity Kitchen began as a series of coffee outlets and has recently begun to expand, having won contracts providing catering at a number of one off events, and a long term contract providing catering facilities at the offices of Southwark Council. A not for profit social enterprise, Unity Kitchen uses the money it makes from trade, to offer training to disabled people and people with learning difficulties, with the ultimate goal of providing long term employment, and as such integration into the world of work, empowerment within society and financial independence.
Jamie Grainger-Smith first became involved with The Camden Society through his friend, and founder of Unity Kitchen, Denise Largin. Initially donating his time to help the Camden Society with their various entrepreneurial projects, as the idea of Unity Kitchen was born, the official collaboration between the two friends was a natural progression. Jamie’s expertise surrounding commercial catering ventures, as well his knowledge on drawing up progressive, yet viable, sustainability policies was exactly what was needed in order to lay the foundations of a business which would be both socially and ethically focused, and able to generate the revenue needed to realise the charity’s goals for the project.
Both organisations have continued to grow and develop over the past few years, and the two continue to support each others endeavors. The Camden Society (and as such Unity Kitchen) naturally taking on the role of Founder Member at the launch of the Think.Eat.Drink membership scheme.Read another case study