As a Member

Whether you are a street food entrepreneur just starting out, looking to build your knowledge & skills, or ready to take that step to becoming a KERB member, we’ve got you!

Find out about KERB Classroom, KERB Masterclasses and the inKERBator.

Join the Team

Looking for a new career and want to join the KERB team?

Find out what it's like beyond the kerb (in the Clubhouse!), and check out what career opportunities await.

KERB Presents: Season's Eatings

Cosy up under cover and enjoy flasks of mulled wine, and KERBlaborations from some of London’s tastiest food traders

Seven Dials Market

Our food hall in central London is now open 7 days a week

KERB National Theatre

We are bringing the flavour back to the National Theatre!

InKERBators

Our inKERBator programme is officially back!

KERBanists

Graduates of the inKERBator go on to become fully-fledged KERB members, track them down!

Alumni

Great businesses that have flown the coop but will always have a place on the kerb

Events

KERB turned up several notches

Blog

News, features, opinions and insights to keep your ear to the KERB

Podcast

A decade on, we take a look back at the era in London food that we sprung up out of...

About

KERB's ecosystem, mission and history

KERB Team

See who's driving this thing

Careers

Work with us!

Contact & FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

DOES KERB HAVE ANY PLANS TO EXPAND?

Yes – we are actively seeking new spaces to grow our markets in London.

WHAT IS A KERBANIST?

It is a trader who we have selected to become a member of KERB. We take on around 5% of those who apply.

WHAT IS KERB'S MISSION?
  1. To create a legitimate platform for talented, independent street food businesses
  2. To improve the quality of food served on London’s streets
  3. To create delicious and fun experiences for everyone in the space between buildings
WHAT OTHER CITIES ARE YOU HEADING TO?

None. We are London-focused – but happy to consult on ventures elsewhere.

WHERE IS KERB?

Head to the MARKETS section

WHY IS IT CALLED KERB?

The kerb is a platform, a stage and a leveller. It is where a business can launch, theatre can happen from all the brilliant cooking and street life and where everyone in the city belongs.

WHAT DOES KERB DO?

We operate street food markets, put on public events and cater corporate and private events. We also consult, incubate new traders and run workshops.

CUSTOMERS

DO YOU HAVE A MAILING LIST?

Yes: please use the sign up button in the header.

HOW DO I BOOK KERB FOR A PRIVATE EVENT?

Head to our HIRE page

HOW DO I GET KERB IN MY LIFE?

Either come to one of our MARKETS, book us for a private event (on the HIRE US page) or invite us to build you a new market

BUSINESSES

DO YOU CONSULT ON SETTING UP MARKETS?

Yes, please email ian@kerbfood.com for more details.

IS KERB FOR PROFIT?

Of course – but we also have social goals at the heart of the business that are all about making London a more delicious, independent, inclusive and fun place. (If we wanted to get rich quick we wouldn’t be in this industry ; ) )

WHAT DOES KERB NEED TO SET UP A MARKET?

TRADERS

CAN I TRADE AT ONE OF YOUR MARKETS?

Once you have been invited to be an inKERBator or KERB member, you will be given opportunities to trade with us. We never randomly rota traders. See how to join us here.

DO YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE A PART OF KERB?

No.

DOES KERB TAKE PRODUCERS ON AS MEMBERS?

No – we are street food only. We take this to mean traders whose primary focus is preparing/cooking on the street for customers to eat there and then.

HOW DID KERB COME ABOUT?

When our founder, Petra – and a trader at the time – realised that if she joined forces with other like-minded traders they could make more happen. It began as an idea, then a hobby, then a business.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR JOINING KERB?

See the JOIN US section.

WHAT DOES KERB LOOK FOR IN A TRADER?

Being a doer, personality, drive, go-getter, vision, hustle, forthrightness, honesty, originality, team-player – and dedicated to serving the best version of their dish that they can, every day and consistently, over and over again.

WHAT IS THE inKERBator PROGRAMME ALL ABOUT?

See our JOIN KERB page.

WHAT IS THE NCASS LINK-UP ALL ABOUT?

This is about ensuring not only that flavour reigns on the KERB, but that the back of house side is taken care of too. NCASS with their years of experience in health & safety are our chosen partners for maintaining the practices of each of our traders. For more info read our Health & Safety policy

WILL KERB CAP ITS MEMBER NUMBERS?

As long as we keep receiving brilliant applications and finding new sites to cluster our traders we will keep growing. Membership is getting harder though, as we look to bringing more sustainability to traders via the opportunities we create. Also, as the industry grows, it is becoming more difficult to stand out from the crowd and we are seeking the head-turners!

PRESS

CAN I HAVE SOME PHOTOS FOR AN ARTICLE?

Please contact tara@kerbfood.com

HOW MANY KINDS OF FOOD IS THERE AT KERB?

Loads: Mexican, Italian, Korean, Japanese, French, US, Venezuelan, Colombian, Seychelles, Caribbean, Spanish, Levantine, British, Taiwanese, Indian, Greek, Pakistani, Jewish, Scandi, Indonesian, Polynesian, Thai…

HOW MANY TRADERS DO YOU HAVE?

See the KERBANISTS page for the most up-to-date number.

WHO DO I CONTACT FOR AN INTERVIEW?

KERB HQ

Petra Barran

Founder

Street food trader 2005-2011 via Jimmy, the choc-mobile. Drove all over Britain in that wagon, making friends with fellow traders as I went. Then, in a Damascene moment, realised that if we got organised we could make great things happen. First came eat.st (2010) the hobby/street food collective, then KERB (2012) the business.

Urbanism, dancehall, New Orleans.

TIPPLE: Mezcal Margarita

Simon Mitchell

CEO

Events industry stalwart – going from 90s/naughties DJ to his own events company, Impulse, in 2003, before joining Concerto Group in 2011. Simon joined KERB as MD in early 2016 and none of us have ever looked back ; ) The guy is driven and a great combination of sharp business brain, strong leader and big vision.

Chicken wing eating expert and Watford fan for life.

TIPPLE: Hepcat

Ian Dodds

Director

Part of the tiny founding KERB team of three and has done pretty much every job there is in the business. Ian keeps things on the level when everything else is spinning. Great diplomat and strategist, brilliant palate and discerning eye for the next thing in food, drink and cities.

Urbanism, cheese aficianado, Liverpool fan.

TIPPLE: Large Negroni

Dominique Activille

Finance Director

This powerhouse does not play – with over 15 years financial expertise in the hospitality & leisure industry, she keeps us all on our toes. Direct, inciteful, driven and visionary, Domi integrates her experience with KERB’s goals in a way that is kind of a revelation for us. Gold.

Travel, food, family.

TIPPLE: Classic Margarita

Sophie Alexander

People & Culture Director

Organisational wunderkind! After a 7 year stint in the corporate world, Sophie comes to us with mad tricks up her sleeves and we love it.

Dog lover, cheese lover, pub lover (lad).

TIPPLE: Wine

Katia Philip

Marketing Director

A self proclaimed culture junkie, Katia got the itch for events and marketing by initially working at numerous music festivals in various capacities. She built her marketing skills with an a-list selection of reputable London brands and cultural institutions, and is now here to keep KERB funky fresh.

Good tunes, sunny skies, hoop earrings

TIPPLE: Picante, please

Gavin Dunn

Managing Director - Social Enterprise

From a 9-5 at Whitehall, to becoming one of KERB’s hottest pizza traders (the infamous Wandercrust), Gavin went through the inKERBator, and knows everything about success in street food. His wealth of experience make Gav ideal for heading up KERB’s most exciting new venture, our Social Enterprise programme!

Kindness, Cooking, Good Company

TIPPLE: Anything…

Hannah Walton

Head of Hospitality & Service

When Hannah told us she’d grown up in a pub she was immediately given an interview. Then she told us she had a degree in Project Management and it was all over.

Marathon runner, deep sea swimmer, flutist.

TIPPLE: Chilled Manzanilla

Charlie Casey

Head of Food

Charlie is a seasoned operator in London food – bringing structure, systems and much needed order into KERB. We watch in wonder as he commandeers a white board – mesmerising.

Ex Hip-Hop dancer, semi pro goalie, Lego collector

TIPPLE: GOOD Old Fashioned

Laura Reed

Head of Marketing

Laura started out her career by creating the first, and only, printed backpacker magazine during her sojourn around SE Asia. From here Laura has put down roots in the capital, honing her marketing skills by working across a plethora of bars, restaurants and cultural institutions in London.

Her one-year old Frank, ticking off to-do’s, good eats

TIPPLE: Mood Dependent

Jordan Reid

Head of Bars

Working in bars for 12 years, Jordan knows his way around a jigger! Starting his career at Crazy Pedros in Manchester, Jordan made his way down to London, and after working at a host of London’s Food Halls, he finally made his way to the Mothership at Seven Dials & KERB.

Liverpool F.C, drinking up, eating out

TIPPLE: Tommys Margarita

Lisa Donohue

Head of Coaching
Our resident former ‘Dumpling Distributor’, Lisa, is leading the coaching endeavours of the KERB Social Enterprise. Using her years of experience across the industry, combined with her passion for hospitality, Lisa is driving KERBs approach to food and social impact.
Growing veg, making sourdough, exploring outdoors
TIPPLE: Red Red wi-ine

Kelly Austin

Group Executive Assistant

Kelly joined us from the gone but not forgotten KERB Counter – first as an excellent bartender, but then it turned out she was pretty good at everything. Now we’re not sure how the place would run without her ability to get things done with minimum fuss and maximum delivery. The dream.

Sun worshiper, mountain trekker, chilli chaser

TIPPLE: Spicy cocktails in any form

Noemi Kelly

Head of People

Noemi is the ultimate people champion! After a stint in retail, she made a swift 360 into HR. A talent spotting extraordinaire with a knack for developing individuals every step of the way. Taking a non traditional approach to HR, Noemi is here to keep us all happy, healthy and thriving.

Interior decorator, Italophile, far away places

TIPPLE: Negroni

Alicia Latham

Finance Business Partner

Alicia skipped university because she didn’t want to miss a second of London’s nightlife. From there she danced, ate and worked her way through her late teens, ultimately – and surprisingly to her – leading to a career in finance! She is just the energy we love round here – can-do, good hustle, great focus and ready to have fun!

Raving, raving, raving.

TIPPLE:  Double vodka orange

Noah Evans-Wicks

Learning & Development Manager

Former Martial Arts World Champion, Noah, is kicking KERB’s L&D department up a gear! Noah has been through almost every job in hospitality, and has used this experience to sculpt himself into the ultimate people practices champ. Driven by his passion for carving out peoples careers in hospitality, Noah is here to help the KERB team be the best that they can be.

Martial Arts, kind people, garlic bread

TIPPLE: All the tequilas

Sophie Kelly

Marketing Manager

Sophie has been making the events industry sexy on socials since she graduated from uni. With bags of experience under her belt, a dab hand in the kitchen and a penchant for markets, could she be a better fit at KERB? As a self declared Pub aficionado, you can normally find Sophie with Insta in one hand and a pint in the other!

Dogs, sunshine, sharing platters

TIPPLE: Picante

Dom Marsh

Social Media & Content Manager

Our in-house “Professional Hype Gal” who also happens to be the one capturing our amazing social content! Dom lives and breathes hospitality and has developed a knack for energetic story telling, spreading the word of KERB far and wide, with her unique and original tone of voice.

Daily Dancing, Always Hosting, Solo Travels

TIPPLE: Ice cold Guinness

Coretta Kodua

People & Payroll Coordinator

Sidelining her dream of becoming the next Beyonce, Coretta has worked across a plethora of well-known high street restaurants, garnering years of hospitality experience. Now she has joined us here at team independent, as a vital member of KERB’s awesome HR department.

Seafoodie, singing superstar, continent hopper

TIPPLE: Passion fruit Mojitos

Selina Mustafa

People Coordinator

Selina is our vintage connoisseur, and seasoned globe trotter. Joining the People Team full time, after a post covid period of working with us on a temporary basis, Selina is here to keep us all cheerful and ticking along! With an ever expanding team, Selina’s role is pivotal to keeping the wheels of street food turning.

The 60s, The 70s, The 80s

TIPPLE:  Alabama Slammer

Claudia Bovey

Markets & Development Manager

Trader turned team member, Claudia joins us from Camden stalwart STAKEhaus. No longer chopping chips, Claudia is playing a vital role at the heart of our business, The Food Team! Responsible for finding and nurturing London’s finest street food talent, she knows what it takes to succeed in this game.

Trash TV, Karaoke, Smashing out a Sunday Roast

TIPPLE: Whiskey Sour

KERB Events

Ben Green

COO

Sports mad Ben has spent the last 24 years nurturing his passion for all things athletic, by delivering events and match days at some of the UK’s most prestigious occasions and venues. The Ashes, Ascot & Wimbledon to name a few. An unrivalled attention to detail, and a heap of experience makes Ben the perfect COO to keep KERB events movin’ on up!

Family meals, cricket, living by the sea
TIPPLE: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (always chilled!)

Alana Buckley

Managing Director

Alana has ten years in the events world under her belt – from heading up the events team at St Pauls’ Cathedral and Royal Hospital Chelsea to organising the iconic ‘Diner en Blanc’. With us since 2015, she heads up the PE team like the true slayer from Queens that she is.

Avid reader, politico, gym obsessive

TIPPLE: Prosecco – and a straw

Hannah Jeeves

Head of Operations

A true ops veteran, previously working for some of KERB’s finest exports, Jeeves is bringing her top drawer creativity and organisational skills to KERB HQ. A designer at heart (with the training to match), Jeeves is here to put her creative flair into every KERB event.

Board Game Champ, Colour Crazy, Hostess with the mostest

TIPPLE: Negroni

Hannah Robson

Head of Events

An event agency impresario, Hannah is another that has succumbed to the lure of team independent! Bossing events for 9 years, and a long-term KERB client, we have a top drawer captain at the helm of our events team.

Beach days, Dottie the cockapoo, wine

TIPPLE: Wine!

Tom Moffat

Head of Partnerships

Tom has been deep in the Fanzone world for almost a decade, bringing the best of food and booze to fans at some of the UK’s most iconic sporting venues. Now he’s leading the charge on our partnership with Compass Group to get more of our members food in front of more of the public.

Cycling, Spurs, bouncy locks

TIPPLE: Guinness

Toby Chaplin

Senior Account Manager

Toby switched from drum n bass club night promoter to helping steer Osea Island from a ‘rather ragtag operation’ to a bonafide, luxury private island venue over his 5 years there. A stint at Village Underground came before switching from KERB client to KERB team member and now here he is!

Speed freak, hip-hop nerd, house renovator

TIPPLE: Abstinent Fashioned

James Brooks

Partnerships Project Manager

Ex-suit and tie robot turned globe-trotter. James gave up a career in the city to travel the world and recently found his calling as a food fanatic and people person. Find him with his mouthful in a pair of jazzy socks at The National Theatre, Southbank.

Avid adventurer, burger eater, dance-floor annihilator.

TIPPLE: IPA

Jane Gleeson

Partnerships Manager, Ireland

Leading the charge on KERB’s first project outside of the UK, Jane is going to be bringing KERB to a whole new audience, and collating a troupe of the hottest street food traders that the Emerald Isle has to offer. Before joining KERB, Jane completed a Masters in Gastronomy, so we know she has the credentials to make this venture taste epic!

Sea Swimming, printed publications, pub toasties

TIPPLE: Obviously Guinness!

Priya Narain

Events Sales Manager

Globe trotter Priya started with a career in travel, before deciding to switch lanes and bring her sales experience over to venues and catering. Now a hospitality industry stalwart and bringing her little black book over to KERB, she is locking in events left, right and centre.

Cheese obsessed, World traveller, 90s R&B fanatic

TIPPLE: Espresso Martini

Ellie Wallace

Events Sales Manager

Resident venue queen, Ellie has spent her professional career working agency side, planning events across a plethora of hotels, bars, cinemas, warehouses, rooftops and everything in between! Well versed in making events happen anywhere, she is the perfect fit.

Wine taster, Hostess with the Mostest, Burger Buff

TIPPLE: Hugo

Sissy Nikolopoulou

Head of Health & Safety

Name a job in hospitality, and Sissy has smashed it! Starting out slinging pizzas in 2008, she eventually got into health and safety. Previously responsible for the H&S at 52 high street restaurants, Sissy is now getting stuck into our 75+ traders. Her keen eye for detail is here to keep KERB’s already high standards on track.

Family, films, flying away

TIPPLE: Strawberry Daiquiri

Lily Spendlove

Trader & Events Manager

Joining us from the awesome Truman Brewery, Lily has bags of events experience to bring to the ExCeL. A sucker for a hi-vis, clipboard and a walkie talkie, Lily will be working closely with our traders to bring kick ass cuisine to everything from dog shows to Comic Con.

Gold Jewels, Local Boozers, DIY Tattoos

TIPPLE: Spicy Margarita

Jonathan Keane

Operations Manager

John began waiting tables straight out of uni to get into events, and worked his way up to supervising across numerous London venues from there. He joins KERB Events with a laser sharp focus and passion for the planning and logistics side of delivering spectacular events.

Sunsets, sport, dumplings

TIPPLE: Espresso Martini

Husain Mapara

Bars Manager

Frequent traveller and KERB Fashionista – Londoner, Husain used to be a Librarian for Camden council before breaking out into his true calling – festivals and parties! Now heading up the return of our much loved KERB Counter in our newest Social Enterprise venture.

Full-time raver, techno house and disco lover, the deepest voice you’ll ever hear

TIPPLE: Rum Old Fashioned

Sam Mason

Development & Events Manager

A true connoisseur of street cuisine, Sam is our go to guy for getting our traders event ready! Whether finessing the composition of a taco, or glamming up a gazebo, Sam knows what tastes delicious as well as how to make things run seamlessly. Food is life for Sam and we are ecstatic to have his passion on team KERB.

Hiking, cheffing, eating

TIPPLE: Nikka from the barrel

Kat Wilton

Team Manager

Leaving the Harry Potter Studio behind to bring the magic and production/events skills to KERB, Kat is someone who gets things done. Super well organised, mad attention to detail and brilliant eye for aesthetics

Festival lover, pizza enthusiast, cat-obsessed

TIPPLE: Spicy Margarita

Daisy McAuliffe

Partnerships Manager

Fresh from the alps, Daisy has swapped her life of managing events up mountains for the London street food scene. Following the love of her life – delicious food, Daisy joins the growing team working on our partnership with Compass Group.

Ski, scuba, chatting nonsense

TIPPLE: Long Island Ice Tea

 

Kyle Dixon

Accounts Assistant

Ex-semi-pro gamer and Guinness World Record holder Kyle has swapped his games controller for a calculator (and is just as stealth with it in conquering Xero).

Travel, sports, dadding.

TIPPLE: Mezcal

Harpreet Pal

Accounts Assistant

English grad turned finance pro! Harpreet is a calculator convert after dipping her toe into the world of finance admin a few years ago, however, she is still a self-proclaimed book worm. Joining the KERB events finance team, Harpreet is the one sending out the invoices and bringing in the bacon!

A deep chat, some fat chips, a good book

TIPPLE: Anything sweet

Amber Moss

Events Sales Coordinator

Amber is brimming with a tenacious energy that KERB are more than happy to harness! Having completed her events degree Amber spent some time agency side, before quickly realising team Street Food was where it’s at. With an infectious love of Mac n Cheese, Amber is making delicious things happen at KERB!

Tapas, Boogying and Bottomless Brunch

TIPPLE: Long Island Ice Tea

Emily Geater

Operations Manager

Emily comes to KERB from Ascot racecourse, swapping horses and fancy hats for street food and fancy vans! Emily has been in F&B and events for 8 years now, working primarily with retail concessions, she certainly has the know-how to make street food work anywhere.

Raving, misbehaving, karaoke-ing

TIPPLE: G&T

Hannah Knott

Operations Manager

Hannah joins us with heaps of grassroots hospitality experience, with years of pulling pints around the world under her belt. Having studied architecture at uni, Hannah knows how to boss design software that most of us have never even heard of!!

Pals, pints, pasta puttanesca

TIPPLE: Bloody Mary, always spicy

 

Greg Wright

Operations Manager

A seasoned events veteran! Greg has taken on pretty much every role going in events, from behind the bar, to now running them, there isn’t much that he can’t turn his arm to. Joining us from a beloved KERB venue, Truman Brewery, Greg now gets the chance to boss the show at some of London’s greatest spaces.

Pedal bikes, motorbikes, guitars

TIPPLE: Sailor Jerry’s – Served anyway!

Seven Dials Market

Jonathan Cowley

COO

Jon the Don joins us with an unparalleled wealth of hospitality experience, particularly within the world of street food. Recently Jonathan has been the director of restaurants at Ennismore Group, and a senior consultant at both Bleecker Burger and Chick N Sours. There is nothing that this man does not know about the industry, and we are ecstatic to have him at the helm

Proper Pubs, Bauhaus, vibes

TIPPLE: Party Pet Nat

Josh Watts

General Manager

Hospitality don, Josh, is bringing with him over 15 years of experience at some of East London’s finest establishments. From the Queen of Hoxton to Village Underground, Josh has bossed them all! With a passion for helping team members grow, the Seven Dials Market team are sure to thrive under his wing.

Liverpool FC, dad duties, beach bum

TIPPLE: Piña Colada

Niamh Robertson

Assistant General Manager

Fresh off the festival circuit, Niamh has hung up the wellies and is now bossing it at Seven Dials Market. A long-time KERB fanatic, Niamh is now fully immersed in the world she loves, street food on tap, and a well-stocked bar, what more could you want?

Parties, Places, Penguins

TIPPLE: G&T

 

Phaedra Morris

Assistant General Manager

Coming from a background in Stage Management, Phaedra bought her theatrical flair to the world of food halls four years ago. With bags of experience under her belt, she is here to make sure the spot light is well and truly on the wonderful traders of Seven Dials Market.

Supper clubs, musicals, wine tastings

TIPPLE: Picante (extra spicy)

Josh Kelly

Finance Business Partner

A proud Croydon-ite, Josh is here to crunch some numbers! He joins us from the luxury watch industry and is now getting stuck into the timeless (and delicious) classics served at our legendary Seven Dials Market! First on the dance floor, last one home, Josh is showing us all how the finance team like to get down.

Family & Friends, Choons, PINTS

TIPPLE: Guinness

Lara Barquin Fernandez

Marketing Manager

Starting her career as a TV reporter back home in the Canary Islands, Lara has always had a passion for bringing quality content to the masses. Lara made the move to the UK in 2015, and with it a switch up into hospitality and marketing. Now settled at Seven Dials Market, she is here to spread the word of London’s most delicious destination.

Strolling about, snapping shots, seeing the world

TIPPLE: Aperol Spritz

Caydie Pierre Morris

Sales & Events Manager

Caydie first got stuck into events as a student promoter, thriving in the club scene, before moving into the world of corporate events. Now, a notorious side hustler with her infamous stall at Carnival where she slings Jerk and Lobster, Caydie is immersed in her element with street food and events dominating her day to day at Seven Dials Market.

Feasting, raving, exploring

TIPPLE: Ting poured over Wray and Nephew