Finding your mission and bringing people together around food - with Simon Boyle
Simon is an award winning chef and social entrepreneur. He began as an apprentice chef at the Academie Culinaire de France, and during his career he worked on 5-star cruise ships, cooked for Saudi princes, won a Michelin star as part of the Chewton Glen team and worked at prestigious restaurants such as Mosimann's among others. His success as a chef was recognised in 2013 when he was awarded the Craft Guild of Chefs award.
His life took a turn when in 2004 he decided to volunteer in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the tsunami. He returned to the UK with a mission to continue helping others and over the next 6 years he worked tirelessly to create Beyond Food, a charity that uses food as a catalyst to help vulnerable people move away from homelessness and into stable employment. In 2010 he spearheaded a social enterprise and with partners he located the charity and employment scheme in a restaurant. That restaurant, the Brigade, opened its doors in 2011 and since has inspired over 1,200 people, many of whom were sleeping rough when they joined the programme, to a life beyond homelessness.
In this episode we discuss how Simon found his mission and then refocussed his life and career on fulfilling it. Simon explains how he found the partners he needed to make his vision a reality, how the employment programmes operate, and how the different elements of the social enterprise now work together. This is Doing Good Through Food in a very direct and inspiring way and it is a fascinating episode. Anyone looking for the motivation to make a meaningful change in their career will find plenty of it here!