|The Great Street Feast is back on 22 June! Run by Freedom From Torture, this incredible event celebrates cultures from around the world through an evening of gourmet street food and entertainment.
At the heart of the event is the healing power of food and cooking. Featuring a line-up of chefs BAFTA’s Head Chef Anton Manganaro, Chaya Maya of Ottolenghi, Philip Juma of JUMA Kitchen, Cesar Garcia of Ibérica, and Cynthia Shanmugalingam of Rambutan in Borough Market.
Ambassador and Michelin star chef, Paul Merrett says, “I’ve been helping to run the Great Street Feast for many years now and it’s been wonderful watching it grow. I’m particularly excited to be cooking alongside Yogi at this year’s event, who has come so far since fleeing his homeland and developed into a formidable chef. This event really captures what I love the most about cooking; people coming together to share food, tell stories and build communities.”
He’ll joined by chef Yogi, who after fleeing torture and persecution came to the UK, trained as a chef after receiving support from the charity, and is now a chef de partie at one of London’s top hotels, “When I came here as a refugee, I didn’t even know how to make a cup of tea! Always my mum and wife, they are the ones who did the cooking, but now I am cooking. Now I’m a chef, I’m very proud. Freedom from Torture helped with everything. The main reason I am here now today is because of them. Today I am happy. When I sit down and eat a meal with my family, I feel free. I enjoy every second. I love every day.”