Migrateful chef applications are now open!

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 + travel expenses). If the chef has the right to work or if they don’t have the right to work, we will pay for their travel expenses to the classes – they sometimes receive cash donations from cookery class participants. We pay for all ingredients.
  • Attend our chef training group on 18 Hampton Street, SE1 6SN, every Tuesday 9.45am – 1.45pm, where 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.
  • Attend an annual weekend holiday for all Migrateful chefs.
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 a 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.
  • 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.

Keen to join the team?

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

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