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Cohort 11 Thacker Awards

Marking the achievements of Cohort 11 on their last day at Brigade!
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A tasty way to have an impact this Christmas.
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News & Events

Cohort 11 Thacker Awards

Cohort 11 celebrate with the Thacker Achievement Awards

On Friday 3rd March we held the Roger Thacker Achievement Awards for Marcus, Jamie, Darren and Yasmin, who have completed their six months at Brigade and will be moving on to their employer placements!

They apprentices enjoyed a final challenge of preparing and serving canapes for family and friends, before being presented with a certificate and embroidered chef jacket to mark the occassion.

We wish them all the best for their new placements!


This Christmas, why not enjoy a specialty pudding with a difference

When you buy our Christmas Puddings, you are helping our apprentices transform their lives. They're perfect for your Christmas table or as gifts for friends.

Beyond Food's Chef Founder, Simon Boyle, has launched a new range of food products and we're delighted to be working with him to bring you the ME'N'U brand which stands for aspiration, ambition, momentum and a network of change. By purchasing a pudding, you are helping us transform the lives of those we help. All our profits are reinvested to fund our training programmes and apprentices. Thank you.

And if Christmas puddings aren't you thing, we've got mince pies too.

Christmas Puddings come in three varieties:

  • Vine fruits, walnuts and French Brandy
  • Black Cherry and Amaretto
  • Chocolate and Kirsch

Christmas Puddings are priced at £13.50 (+£2 P&P) and a box of 6 mince pies is £5.50 (+£2 P&P).

Please click here to place your order.


Social Saturday 2016

Our Brigade apprentices and Chef Founder Simon Boyle were busy in the Borough Market demo kitchen on Saturday 15th October! They were joined by actor Michael Sheen to cook up a fantastic lobster dish.

Hear what Michael had to say about the day here

You can find out more about the day and the other social enterprises involved by visiting:



Thacker Achievement Awards for Cohort 10

On Friday 2nd September we held the Thacker Achievement Awards for Cohort 10. The award recognises the outstanding progress the United Kitchen Apprentices have made over the 6 months they have been in Brigade, and also marks the mid-point of their apprenticeship learning.

It was a time to look back and reflect, but also a time to celebrate moving forward towards their next placement with one of our employer partners. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the apprentices last task was to make canapes for the event, and we were treated to a fantastic selection of different and exciting bites.

We wish them all the best in their new placements!



Running the UK coast!

In November 2015 Elise Downing embarked on a mammoth fundraising challenge, running around the coast of the UK!

5000 miles in just 10 months, including some of the wettest winter weather the UK has seen for several years. Undaunted, Elise has run on, carrying her belongs in her backpack. As Winter made way for Spring, Elise arrived at the Scottish border, eager to experience the phenominal scenery of the West coast and sample the local culinary delights.

Now the finish line is in sight on Saturday 27th August, back at Greenwich.

We are honored to be one of the charities she has chosen to fundraise for. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

You can find out more on Elise's website -


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