The Feature Kitchen
The Feature Kitchen is a new takeaway service (founded in Lewes) that has a menu that changes every month and features different cuisines, cooked with local expertise.
I seek out exceptional cooks that lack the platform to showcase their food to produce innovative menus that often showcase the cuisine of their origin, or established expertise. The food is prepared together in a professional kitchen and is delivered to homes in Lewes and Brighton locations inbetween, with plans to expand further.
The idea came out of a conversation with Genet, an Ethiopian migrant living in Brighton who dreamed of continuing cooking for the public as she had done before migrating. Genet and her Ethiopian cuisine featured for The Kitchen’s inaugural month in April, attracting a good number of customers, many of whom have become regulars and order every month. The kitchen evolves and so do taste buds.
With little capital outlay, low overheads and minimal waste, the social enterprise is able to provide a reasonably priced meal for customers and a reward for the cooks. It works to deliver interesting high-quality food cooked with talent by members of the local community, and aims - through food, focussing on the individuals creating it and accompanying literature - to celebrate the concealed cultural and culinary diversity of the area.