The Application window for our September cohort of Migrateful chefs closes at 1pm on 22nd August 2019.

Applications for our April cohort will open on 15th February 2020.

Our next chef training program assessment day in London is on Tuesday 17th September 2019.

Our 6 month training program starts in London on 24th September 2019

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:

  • Attend our chef training group at 18 Hampton Street, SE1 6SN on Tuesdays 9.45am – 1.45pm (or different venue TBC in Bristol). Our chef training calendar is divided into three 12 week terms. Trainees are invited to attend English, leadership, well-being, confidence building and chef training workshops. They will have the opportunity to practise teaching each other their cuisines, eat lunch together and receive a food hygiene qualification. Travel expenses are paid for.
  • Once qualified 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 spontaneous cash donations from cookery class participants. They may also be eligible for our destitution fund.
  • Gain work experience for their CV. We write references and help them to find other work opportunities.
  • Gain the Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate
  • Make friends, useful contacts and be part of the Migrateful family.
  • Receive support in launching their own food business
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 our Tuesday morning chef training group during the 6 month training program.
  • 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
  • Over 18 years old

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.