Become a Migrateful Chef

Any London based refugee, asylum seeker or migrant who meets the criteria can apply! Applications for the Chef Training Program in May are now closed. Submissions received after the closing date will be considered for the next one.

Hello, we are Migrateful!

Our chefs from all over the world are at the core of what we do. 

Our training program is not designed to mould you into a multi-cuisine master chef but rather to bring out your best, most confident self (who also happens to make the most delicious, amazingly authentic dishes from your homeland and share those with others). 

We aim to take you on a journey from passionate home cook to confident cookery class teacher.

Reaching your full potential in & outside of the kitchen

The Migrateful Chef Training program involves a 2-year development plan that starts with an initial 8-week workshop

We are welcoming you to a safe, nurturing environment where you can learn and develop valuable skills that will prepare you to teach a Migrateful cookery class and to share your story, culture, knowledge, cooking tips and secrets with the rest of the world. 

More importantly, we will work together on growth areas you need support on so you will feel encouraged to take on life outside the kitchen.

Learn how to teach others to cook your cuisine

Improve your well-being, confidence & self-esteem

Develop your English-speaking, storytelling & leadership skills

Build a supportive community & professional network

One-to-one support & signposting to other orgs

Earn £60-£100 for every class you teach if you have the right to work

Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate (upon completion)

Opportunity to gain work experience & plan a food business

Next Chef Training Program in London: May 2022

Core dates
Application deadline 4pm, Wednesday 30th March 2022
Open Day Monday 21st March & Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 11am-3pm. If you would like to understand more about Migrateful come to one of our Open Days to learn what being a Migrateful chef is all about, have a chance to meet the Migrateful team and take part in a Migrateful Cookery Class. Location: Migrateful Cookery School.
Interviews Week starting the 11th April 2022

We will take you on a journey from passionate home cook to confident cookery class teacher. By the end of the training program, you will be ready to teach cookery classes for Migrateful which you will be paid for if you have the right to work. Once qualified you will be invited to teach at least two cookery classes a month. The class will be easily accessible by public transport in London.

The course will consist of 8 weeks of chef training twice a week: In-person on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-16:00 starting Wednesday 4th May 2022. The location of the training is at the Migrateful Cookery School (address below).

Training dates recap
Days Twice a week, Monday and Wednesday (Migrateful Cookery School), for 8 weeks
Hours from 10:00 to 16:00 (core hours)
Start date Wednesday 4th May 2022
Half term break We will take a break for the school holidays on the week beginning the 30th May, training will resume on the 7th of June.
End date Wednesday 6th July 2022
Location Migrateful Cookery School, 3 Corners Centre, Corporation Row, London EC1R 0HU
Please note Training is free to attend. Migrateful will reimburse travel expenses (up to £10) and pay for the cost of practice class ingredients (up to £70)

Also note: Migrateful supports those who have experienced forced migration; for reasons of persecution, war, or poverty. In light of our mission, we do not accept applications from nationals of democratically and economically developed countries.

The open days

The open days will include:

  • a presentation from Migrateful’s founder and CEO, Jess Thompson, and Head of Chef Development, Omar Abourgebah
  • a Q & A with one of the chefs who has completed the Chef Training Program
  • a cookery class hosted by one of our chefs, where we will all prepare and eat a delicious meal together.

We are holding two open days to make sure that as many potential applicants as possible have the chance to attend. Please complete this doodle poll to let us know what day you are available to attend or alternatively send us an email to let us know which day you can attend. Please only sign up to attend if you can commit to attending. You will not receive a confirmation email.

If you have any other questions, or if you’re looking to refer a client, please email

What to expect from the Migrateful program:

Chef Training Overview
“A friend told me about Migrateful. The social experience of teaching the cookery classes was a really great way to address my loneliness. The classes allowed me to meet British people, which I really valued as I am going to live in this country for the rest of my life. Migrateful has been like a family to me, it filled me with love, it was a place where I could belong and people made me feel valued and trusted. I had to leave behind my family so it was so important for me to find a new one. Running the classes has also helped me to develop the idea of starting my own Afghan food company: People really love my Afghan food!”
Habib Sadat
Former Migrateful Afghan chef