In June 2017 Refettorio Felix was launched at St Cuthbert’s Centre in collaboration with Food For Soul, a non-profit organisation founded by world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura that fights food waste in support of social inclusion.
They have created a new model of community dining room, known as a ‘Refettorio’, that now exist in Italy, Rio de Janeiro, London and Paris. Each unique project shares the common mandate of:
- Using surplus ingredients otherwise destined for landfill
- Serving high quality and nutritious dishes to vulnerable people
- Working with designers to transform an underused space.
As part of the initial phase of the project, Food for Soul and St Cuthbert’s partnered with the London Food Month festival and sourced funding to transform the Centre into an inspiring and inviting community dining room complete with a state-of-the-art professional kitchen.
The pro bono renovation by Studioilse design studio challenged the stereotypical image of a soup kitchen by creating a welcoming communal space. The dining room and common areas are filled with light, art and plants, which brings dignity to the diners in a space where they feel at home.