Our Story

The Hackney School of Food was established in March 2020 by the LEAP Federation of Schools (Gayhurst Community School, Kingsmead Primary and Mandeville Primary) in partnership with the charity Chefs in Schools. It was created by transforming a derelict and unused former caretaker’s house into a professional kitchen and garden.

Central to our mission is the belief that sharing great food unites families, communities, and society as a whole. We facilitate food education through high-quality training, resources and fresh produce that reflects our ‘seed to spoon’ ethos. We aim to inspire healthy lifestyles, great nutrition, enjoyment and inclusivity.

Community Interest Company

We are a registered Community Interest Company (number 14595099) and our objectives are to:


Improve the health outcomes of Londoners by providing a broad range of educational courses that teach children and adults how to cook tasty and nutritious food from scratch


Improve Londoners’ health and well-being by providing programmes that NHS practitioners can prescribe for their patients


Develop food and cookery education programmes that inspire a love of nutritious, tasty and culturally influenced food and cooking across society


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