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BCF Young Chef member and part of England’s National Junior Team, Gregory Evans, has been working exceptionally hard during lockdown. Greg, who works at Lainston House in Wiltshire, gave up his time to work with a project called Solidarity Kitchen. The Kitchen operated out of the Warehouse Café in Birmingham and is run by Ciara Appleton, a former University College Birmingham student. During the middle of lockdown, Greg was preparing and cooking 150 vegan meals per day. The meals were served to those people who were isolating, struggling to arrange home deliveries from supermarkets, homeless and NHS staff who were isolating from their families so that they could continue to go to work in the hospitals in Birmingham.

The Solidarity Kitchen started up on 27th March, with all the food being prepared by professional chefs who volunteer their time. Its policy is open access, providing food for people with no questions asked, no obligation to pay, food for everyone, all supported by donations.

Like many other BCF members, Greg has been a credit to himself, the industry and the BCF during these unprecedented times. A motivated and focused young chef who, at a young age, has already achieved a silver medal at the Culinary Olympics, Greg has shown the right attitude, helping and supporting others while in the early stages of his career.

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