The next assessment day for our new cohort of Migrateful chefs is Tuesday 4th June 10am – 1 at Crossways Christian Centre. Please apply by Friday 31st May.

Migrateful’s mission is to empower and celebrate vulnerable migrants on their journey to integration. Migrateful runs cookery classes led by migrant chefs struggling to integrate and access employment due to legal and linguistic barriers. We focus on the self development of our chefs through our weekly workshops, improving well-being, confidence, leadership skills and spoken English. Our specialist faculty take them on a journey from “passionate home cook” to “confident cookery class teacher.” 

Migrateful chefs can expect to:

  • Be paid by us for leading regular cookery classes in homes/venues around London (£52.75 for a 2.5 hour class). We also pay for our chef’s travel expenses to the classes and all the ingredients. If the chef doesn’t have the right to work, we still pay for their travel and ingredients and they often receive cash donations from cookery class participants. They may also be eligible for our destitution fund.
  • Attend our chef training group on 18 Hampton Street, SE1 6SN on Tuesdays 9.45am – 1.45pm, our chef training calendar is divided into three 12 week terms. We run English, leadership, well-being and confidence building workshops, practise teaching each other our cuisines, eat lunch together and receive chef training, such as food hygiene certificates. Travel expenses are paid for.
  • Gain work experience for their CV. We write references and help them to find other work opportunities.
  • Make friends, useful contacts and be part of the Migrateful family.
  • Receive mentoring and English tuition from Migrateful volunteers.
Our chefs say since joining Migrateful they’ve experienced:
  • Improved level of English through regular conversation with English speakers during the cookery classes and by attending our weekly “Speak English with confidence” workshops.
  • Increased confidence through our public speaking training program and presenting their food and story during the cookery classes.
  • Improved self esteem; through leading a cookery class they feel celebrated and empowered, learning to take on a leadership role and sharing their skills.
  • Decreased social isolation from making new friends at chef training and meeting with the British public during cookery classes.
  • Increased employability: running their own cookery class trains the chef in time keeping, organisation, delegation and teaching skills –  great experience for their CV
  • Improved well-being through the therapeutic benefits of cooking and eating healthy food communally on a regular basis.
What we expect from our chefs:
  • Cooking or catering qualifications are not required, however a passion for cooking is essential.
  • Regular attendance to Tuesday chef training group. Please note for the first 12 week term whilst we are training you 80% attendance is required. Thereafter 50% attendance is required.
  • Reliable communication skills when planning and organising menus in the run up to a cookery class.
  • Punctuality and accurate time-keeping.
  • An open mind and keen to meet new people and learn about new cuisines from around the world.
  • English Entry Level 2 is required

Keen to join the team?

If you are an eligible refugee, migrant, or asylum seeker cook you can apply here.

If you would like to refer a client you can fill out this form.