10 September 2021

A London chef who has worked in Michelin star restaurants has set up a cooking school for homeless people.

Tait Miller, a 28-year-old chef from East London is working with homeless charity Centrepoint to set up a cooking school for homeless young people between the ages of 16-25.

Tait said: “I've always wanted to get involved in charity work.

“What I really care about is not only teaching people a new skill and a new career, but also those links between mental and physical health.

“And how you can help yourself get ahead in life by eating right and looking after yourself.”

The course will run for six weeks, four to five days a week. Young people facing homelessness will gain work experience in a restaurant, and visit farms to learn about growing local produce.

It was developed with the charity Centrepoint which works with homeless young people in London, as part of the charity’s Get Set Go hospitality and catering programme.

The programme works with the young people it supports the opportunity to help them gain qualifications and relevant work experience in the hospitality sector.

“By the end of it, I will have spent time with them enough that they’ll be able to start thinking about dishes, ordering, that kind of thing.”

At the end of the course, each young person will design a menu with their name on it and cook for an event.

“They can come out and present their dishes to people,” he explained, “and that’s a big step up from general restaurant cooking.

“They can have that engagement with people and feel like they’ve really achieved something. So that’s kind of a big thing for me.”

Tait ‘fell into’ the profession when he was doing dishes in a pub at 15. He moved to London at 18, and worked at a number of two-Michelin-star restaurants.

Source: MyLondon