REBOOT SERIES Part 4: Richard Vines Chats Farm to Fork with Your Culinary Heroes

Hosted jointly by the 100WF London Committees
During COVID-19, you may have re-discovered the joy and satisfaction of cooking your own meals at home. What lies ahead for the food, restaurant and hospitality industries?

Gain insights from celebrated chefs Ravinder Bhogal (Jikoni), Emma Reynolds (Tonkotsu) and Monica Galetti (Mere, Masterchef) in conversation with Richard Vines, Bloomberg’s legendary chief food critic.

Topics include:

  • How innovative businesses in the food sector are quickly pivoting and adapting
  • Understanding the knock-on effect on food production, supply and distribution
  • How individuals and charities such as The Felix Project, can ease the food struggle of others in our immediate communities

Pour yourself a glass and join in the discussion!


This session is the fourth of a four-part Reboot Series the London Committees of 100 Women in Finance have created to help global members appreciate the opportunities present within the global health crisis and in the period of recovery. The Reboot Series covers topics ranging from rising to the challenges of skiing across Antarctica to the re-engineering of food distribution in London, as described in The Felix Project case study .

100WF members are reminded that food support is a critical social need even in areas of great wealth, and the pandemic has only worsened inequities. Throughout the Reboot Series, 100WF members can learn more about this critical issue and how they can make a difference, including as volunteers and as board members, to non-profit organizations working toward sustainable solutions.

100WF’s London Committees invite all 100WF members to join these events. This event has been led by the 100WF London Impact Committee and the 100WF London Education Committee. 

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26 May 2020
10:00 AM N. America West Coast
1:00 PM N. America East Coast
6:00 PM London
7:00 PM Paris
9:00 PM UAE

The program will begin promptly at 6:00 PM London time. Latecomers may not be able to enter.

Ravinder Bhogal

Monica Galetti
Mere & Masterchef

Emma Reynolds

Richard Vines
Bloomberg L.P.

Mark Curtin
The Felix Project

The Felix Project
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CASE STUDY: The Felix Project
The Felix Project was set up in 2016 by Justin Byam Shaw and has rapidly become the largest food redistribution charity in London. We are entrepreneurial and ambitious; our simple solution of countering food poverty by addressing food waste resonates with donors, partners, suppliers and volunteers. We rescue food that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. This is in-date, safe and nutritious, and includes a high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as baked goods, salads, meat and fish.

Our model is fundamentally different to that of the traditional food bank. We collect or receive deliveries from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, restaurants and delicatessens. We check, sort and deliver this food to frontline charities, primary schools and holiday programmes in London, who feed London’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable adults and children.

The coronavirus has unleashed a health and economic crisis without precedent. Charities and schools are closing making it hard for those most vulnerable in London to eat. As a food redistribution charity, The Felix Project is providing an emergency response to bring food to those who need it most including daily requests from newly-formed community groups all over London. Many are determined to get food to NHS teams and other adults and children in need.

As part of our emergency response plan, we are continuing to provide our absolutely vital service to organisations that are still open during this crisis. Over 325 of our schools, food banks, social kitchens and other community organisations serving the most vulnerable are currently still open. Many are experiencing an even greater demand for food.

Before this crisis, we were delivering 10 tonnes of food a day to schools and charities. We hit a major milestone last week when we redistributed over 42 tonnes of food which is the equivalent of over 100,000 meals in one day.

We have also joined forces with other food redistribution charities as part of a newly-formed London Food Alliance , working with each Borough to open up new hubs for the next few months so that local communities can access large volumes of regular food supplies from us.
Ravinder Bhogal

Born in Kenya, to Indian parents, Ravinder Bhogal’s food is inspired by her mixed heritage and the UK’s diverse immigrant culture. Ravinder is an award-winning food writer, TV presenter, journalist, cook and restauranteur. Her debut restaurant, Jikoni, was ranked 56th in the UK by the National Restaurant Awards 2017 and she has released two cookbooks, “Cook in Boots” and “ Jikoni: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen,” which is out on July 9th this year. She has been named in Evening Standard Progress 1000 twice as one of London’s leading influencers of progress and diversity in the capital. She regularly writes about food for publications like the FInancial Times Weekend Magazine and Vogue online.

Monica Galetti
Mere & Masterchef

Monica Galetti is one of London’s most renowned female chefs. Born in Samoa and raised in Wellington (New Zealand), she developed her interest in gastronomy from an early age and trained as a chef in New Zealand. In 1999, she moved to London to work with Michel Roux Jr at the two Michelin stars restaurant Le Gavroche. Monica’s talent was quickly recognized and the chef quickly progressed to become the first woman to hold the position of sous-chef at Le Gavroche and later, in 2005, head chef at another Michel Roux restaurant, Le Gavroche Tropiques in Mauritius. In the last ten years, Monica has appeared on television on a regular basis as host and judge of MasterChef: “The Professionals”. More recently, she has also co-presented two BBC 2 series, “Amazing Hotels” and “Life Beyond the Lobby,” along with Giles Coren, food critic for The Times newspaper. After 12 years at Le Gavroche, Monica decided to open her own restaurant, Mere, in London in 2015, finally opening doors in the district of Fitzrovia in 2017. Mere, her mother’s first name, is an amalgam of cultural influences that uses the classic French cuisine of her husband David’s childhood with the exotic South Pacific and New Zealand of her own infancy and youth, interweaving the result with elements inspired by her travels and changing seasons in the UK. Monica is also the author of two books: “Monica’s Kitchen” and “The Skills.”

Emma Reynolds

Emma Reynolds opened her first Japanese ramen restaurant with business partner and friend Ken Yamada on London’s Dean Street in 2012. Within a few months of opening they had won the Observer Food Monthly Cheap Eats award. The group has grown to twelve restaurants, with counters in both London and Birmingham Selfridges, but before Tonkotsu, they owned and operated a few City-based sushi and katsu joints called Tsuru where a lot was learned !

Richard Vines
Chief Food Critic, Bloomberg L.P.

Richard Vines is the chief food critic at Bloomberg. He has been a professional journalist for more than 40 years and previously worked at The Times, The Asian Wall Street Journal and the South China Morning Post. He has been writing about food for Bloomberg since 2004. He is the past U.K. and Ireland chair of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, has appeared on Masterchef and is also a regular judge on several awards, including the National Restaurant Awards in the U.K. He began his broadcasting career as a train announcer at Oxford railway station.

Mark Curtin
Chief Executive Officer, The Felix Project

Mark Curtin has 20 years senior management and leadership experience in the charity sector working for a range of charities that focus on community development, the development and social mobilisation of disadvantaged young people and more inclusive education as well some health and social care related organisations. Mark worked for a London charity, Greenhouse Sports, and a national charity, Make A Wish, where he oversaw significant operational and turnover growth strategies at a similar scale to the ambition of The Felix Project. Mark has also held several voluntary sector board roles and has experience working internationally in Europe and in the US. Since joining as CEO of The Felix Project in July 2019, Mark has produced a three-year strategic plan for 2020-2023, approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2019.
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