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Kitchen Roots Community

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Feeding the local community healthy, tasty and sustainable meals

Kitchen Roots Community is a new social enterprise collaborating with The Community Brain to feed the local community healthy, tasty and sustainable meals.


Come and join us for lunch or a hot drink every Tuesday, 1-3pm at St Mary's Centre, Church Lane, Chessington.

Meals are available to eat on site or to take away. They are available on a 'pay what you can' basis.

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Kitchen Roots Community is led by Emma of Little Ginger and Manny of Manny's Kitchen, two fantastic local start-up businesses.

The social enterprise was born out of the desire to provide healthy, sustainable and affordable meals to our local community.

We work in partnership with The Community Fridge (our neighbours) utilising ingredients that would otherwise end up as food waste and our own locally grown and locally sourced ingredients.




Workshops & Courses


Meet, eat and share together

Get involved


We’re looking for people to join our friendly team preparing and serving meals for the community from the Museum of Futures.

How can you help?

We’re looking for volunteers to help

  • prepare meals

  • set up the venue

  • greet customers on arrival

  • serve customers

  • wash up


When and where

We’re looking for help:

Every Monday

between 10:00 - 13:00

or 13:00 - 16:00


Every Tuesday

between 9:00 - 12:00

or 12:00 - 15:30


You can get involved on a regular basis if you’d like, or help out at one-off sessions if that suits you more.

Meet the founders


Manny is a qualified nutritionist. She has either worked or studied in the Health and Wellbeing sector since 2004 and been in charge of operations at Helping Hackney Health (HHH) from 2013 to 2018 delivering community cookery programmes. Since then, she has been involved in catering and training and has recently set up Manny’s Kitchen CIC - offering catering and nutritional services to the neighbouring community. She is passionate about cooking using the spices and herbs of south and southeast Asia.


In 2016, after a career in Teaching, Emma started up Little Ginger a Plant Based food business– feeding people delicious, healthy and sustainable food in many ways including Popups, from a stall at Kingston Market, Supper Clubs, Retreats, Events, Weddings, Parties and more! Having trained with sustainable Chef Bettina Bordi at Bettina’s Kitchen Academy, Emma brings Plant Based
knowledge and a passi
on for sharing seasonal, sustainable, healthy and tasty food.

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