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M&S Chef and City Harvest ambassador cooks up a storm in our Acton depot with City Harvest charity partners

Chris Baber, City Harvest Food Council member, chef, author, and broadcaster, cooks his chana masala for City Harvest and friends.

City Harvest Food Council – From restauranteurs to retailers and farmers to financiers, our Food Council works with us to achieve our overall aims – Rescuing Food, People and Planet – through thought leadership, engaging with decision-makers and more. 

They’re helping us to shed a light on the biggest problems and opportunities around food, hunger and waste while setting new standards amongst the industry for compassionate, sustainable ways to do business and help our fellow Londoners.

Food Connects Us All

Chris Baber spoke with City Harvest charity partner Bay20’s founders, Deborah and Fiona about the surplus food they receive from City Harvest and who they feed in the community.

Chris was humbled to hear how many people in the North Kensington community are affected by the cost-of-living crisis and need Bay20’s free food provision.  

Chris (left), Deborah (centre), and Fiona (right), put the world to rights over a warming chickpea curry

A mutual love for food soon became clear. The joy of cooking for the ones you love, whether it’s your family, or a whole estate, is what united the three.

M&S chef, Chris, is passionate about creating nutritious, affordable, and family-friendly meals, using planet-friendly ingredients. Upon hearing about City Harvest, he was keen to champion our sustainable mission: “Rescuing Food, People & Planet”

Community leaders, Deborah and Fiona are driven by the needs of their local community. The pair sprang into social action after the Grenfell Tower Fire and were soon hit by COVID-19 which exacerbated levels of food insecurity in the area. Now, the duo are local celebrities and have created a vibrant family of volunteers and beneficiaries who come to them for good food, music, and unwavering support.

Fiona and Debs surrounded by their extended ‘family’ of volunteers

Chris will be sharing some of his recipes with us over the next few months from his new book ‘Easy’: 

Extracted from Easy by Chris Baber (Ebury Press, £16.99) Photography by Haarala Hamilton