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It was time to celebrate the achievements of Cohort 10 as they prepared to move on to their new placements!

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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 -



Leon's Culinary Journey Supperclub

Treat your taste buds to a culinary journey around the world on Friday 29th April with our very own Chef Trainer, Leon Seraphin. First stop Dominica and the Virgin Islands where Leon spent most of his teenage years, next we're moving to the UK for a timeless and tasty British dish and lastly an inspiring and mouth watering recipe from South Africa, where Leon spent some of his time training alongside Prue Leith. Leon will be joined by past and present apprentices, who he has helped over the years out of homelessness and into employment.



Let's Feast!

Congratulations to our United Kitchen Apprentices who showcased their new culinary talents this week by cooking up a delicious 3 course meal for their friends, families, supporters and Chef's.

Over the last 6 months, our apprentice's have been designing, creating and costing a starter, main and pudding for six guests and each crafted a meal that was worthy of a top restaurant. Favourites included Dawn's Prawn Cocktail Tower, Frank's Lamb Loin, Jamie's Beetroot Sorbet, Carl's Chocolate Brownie, Shelby's Mussels, Greg's Scallops and Ahmed's Wintedale Cheese and Leek Tart. 

Check our FacebookTwitter, & Instagram for more pictures of the day.



This year, for the first time ever, you can buy our Chef Founder, Simon Boyle’s Christmas Puddings to enjoy at home or as gifts for your friends and family. Beautifully packaged and in three delicious varieties, profits from these puddings will help us to continue our work inspiring people who are at risk of, or who have experienced homelessness to gain meaningful employment.

Together, Brigade Bar & Bistro where our apprentice’s train for their first 6 months, Beyond Food and Simon Boyle are delighted to bring you these three indulgently delicious handmade Christmas puddings:

  • Speciality- with Black Cherries and Amaretto.
  • Premium- with Malt Whiskey, Madeira, Sherry and Ale.
  • Luxury- with Vine Fruit and Walnuts steeped in French Brandy.

How to buy? Puddings are priced at £16, fully boxed and are on sale in Brigade. To get your puddings and help transform the lives of some of London’s most vulnerable people you can:

  • Complete this pre-order form to secure your puddings before stocks run out.
  • Call Brigade on 0844 346 1225.
  • Pop into Brigade during December (Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ).
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