Competition for budding Croydon chefs to win a free pop-up kitchen

Well this is the kind of collaboration we like to see…

Boxpark Croydon has partnered with StartUp Croydon, a support platform for small businesses, to launch a Food Entrepreneur Support Programme that will give the Borough’s budding chefs an opportunity to win a bricks and mortar pop-up kitchen.

As part of the programme, emerging chefs and restaurateurs in Croydon will be invited to pitch their business to win a spot in Boxpark’s pop-up kitchen – sitting alongside a fantastic roster of street food traders.

Through free mentoring and ongoing support, StartUp Croydon will help up to 12 early-stage food businesses to prepare a formal proposal to Boxpark. In addition to writing a proposal, applicants will also be required to prepare a signature dish to the judges in a taste testing session which will form part of the assessment process.

The Boxpark team will select the top three proposals and give them each a one-week pop-up to showcase their food, and the best performing pop-up will be offered the chance to trade for up to three months in the pop-up kitchen later this year.

The opportunity is open to Croydon residents and those from surrounding boroughs who have:

  • Developed a good food concept and may have started a home-based food business during lockdowns; or
  • Been trading for less than two years and now want to make the next move to a physical site without the major expense that this involves and who want to reach a wider customer base

Ideally, applicants will have or be working towards the following:

  • A level 3 food hygiene / safety certificate
  • Registering your business with Croydon Council Food Safety Team
  • A good social media following
  • Good customer feedback or reviews (if already trading)

An open day will be held at Boxpark Croydon on Thursday 19 May for applicants to find out more information on this exciting opportunity and how to apply. 

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