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Current Programmes

Young Chefs

We work with young people aged 11 to 16 years old who have had Adverse Childhood Experiences, are experiencing trauma or are at risk of further trauma.

Recognising the life experiences of many young people on our programme, Shoreditch Trust employs a person-centred model, exploring how difficult experiences are part of a life journey, rather than identity defining. 

Our Young Chef programmes take place in the Waterhouse Restaurant and across community settings in Hackney, introducing young people to a professional kitchen. We work with schools, youth clubs and education providers to deliver 6-week courses including Introduction to Baking. 

During school holidays, we run daily sessions in partnership with youth providers. Partner organisations in receipt of HAF (Holidays Activities and Food Fund) are offered cook and eat sessions in addition to the daily meals provided by Waterhouse Restaurant. The age range for holiday activities is broader, as statutory provision for HAF is for 6-19 (25 with SEND). 

Read more about our work with young people

NESTA Good Help Award

London Impact Awards

Independent Evaluation University of East London 



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Meet the team
Alice  Claussen
Alice Claussen
Health and Wellbeing Coach
Ed Kanerick
Ed Kanerick
Chef Facilitator
Ken Grinell
Ken Grinell
Chef Facilitator
Sec Khuang San
Sec Khuang San
Chef Facilitator

To refer a young person to the programme email: or call: 020 7033 8500