News & Events

Manuel Mancuso, Head Chef at Brigade, will be cooking an exclusive four course menu on the 2nd of March

The Social Diner with Mark Hix

The incredible Mark Hix MBE will be delighting us with an exclusive 4 course menu on the 4th December!
Mark Hix

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Meet the team

Find out more about the people behind Beyond Food.


Simon Boyle

Simon Boyle

Chef Founder

Simon Boyle is the vision behind the Beyond Food Foundation and Brigade Bar & Bistro. Having started as an apprentice aged 16 at The Savoy, Simon has lead a highly respectable career ever since, working for Anton Mosimann, Saudi Princes, taking Head Chef roles on 5 star Cruise Ships and becoming the first ever Culinary Ambassador for global giant Unilever as well as running his own Private Catering and Events business. Since 2004, Simon has worked tirelessly to help homeless people across London to rebuild their lives, using food as a catalyst, imparting his passion, skills and knowledge of cooking and food onto them and encouraging them to move their lives forward.

When not at work, Simon can be found listening to 1980s prog-rock.


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Jan Seymour

Support and Progression Manager

Jan is the support and progression manager for BFF and has been with us since 2006. Jan joined BFF because she loves working with people. A big part of her day-to-day role in working with the apprentices is helping them sort out benefits, housing issues and work placements which in turn will also help them regain their confidence and feelings self-worth. Jan believes that the transition from long-term unemployment back into full time sustainable employment is not just about the skills, but that it’s just as much about mind-set and overcoming personal issues and psychological barriers. Jan believes that understanding and dealing with these can make a massive difference to people's lives.

When Jan’s not at work she loves spending time with her family, especially her 4 lovely granddaughters that Jan says she is blessed to have.


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Leon Seraphin

Chef Trainer

Leon joined Beyond Food in June 2013. Leon loves BFF’s mission and purpose and says “it is a wonderful Charity which transforms people’s lives”. Leon started as an apprentice himself, back in 2004, before progressing his career becoming a Head Chef in a professional kitchen. Leon is responsible for all aspects of training the apprentices and delivering our 6-week Freshlife programme. Leon thoroughly enjoys his job and the challenges that come with working alongside the apprentices. He is really passionate about training people to cook and giving them valuable life skills along the way.

In his spare time Leon enjoys spending time with his children and cooking for friends and family. He also enjoys watching cookery programmes and likes to stay up-to-date with current affairs going on in the world.



Poppy Trewhella

Development Manager

Poppy is responsible for income generation and she ensures our training programmes are sustainably funded. She does this by developing strong partnerships with corporate businesses, grant funders and other organisations, including prisons and housing associations. She also leads our corporate team building events and our supper clubs, which have been featured in the Waitrose Weekend and on BBC Radio London.

Alongside revenue generation, Poppy is responsible for programme monitoring and evaluation and analysing data to ensure we are having maximum impact on our beneficiaries. 

Previously, Poppy has worked in the education sector and within Dementia healthcare. 

You can contact to discuss engagement opportunities.