Frequently Asked Questions
Yes – we are actively seeking new spaces to grow our markets in London.
It is a trader who we have selected to become a member of KERB. We take on around 5% of those who apply.
- To create a legitimate platform for talented, independent street food businesses
- To improve the quality of food served on London’s streets
- To create delicious and fun experiences for everyone in the space between buildings
None. We are London-focused – but happy to consult on ventures elsewhere.
Head to the MARKETS section
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.
We operate street food markets, put on public events and cater corporate and private events. We also consult, incubate new traders and run workshops.
Yes, please email email@example.com for more details.
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 ; ) )
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.
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.
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.
See the JOIN US section.
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.
See our JOIN KERB page.
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
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!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Loads: Mexican, Italian, Korean, Japanese, French, US, Venezuelan, Colombian, Seychelles, Caribbean, Spanish, Levantine, British, Taiwanese, Indian, Greek, Pakistani, Jewish, Scandi, Indonesian, Polynesian, Thai…
See the KERBANISTS page for the most up-to-date number.
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
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.
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
Dommi 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, Dommi 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
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Growing up all over the globe, Rory has a palate that has sampled the world. His knowledge of food and flavours is unprecedented, making him the perfect fit at KERB. Self proclaimed party animal, Rory is here to keep the vibe alive.
Seaside Walks, Meaningful Talks, Popping Corks.
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
General Manager - KERB Counter
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Event Sales 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
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.
Events Boss - Scotland
Amy has been in the hospitality game for 16 years, working in every operational role imaginable from cutlery polisher, to a multi site GM, before leaving the ops world to move into a head office role. Amy is bringing her wealth of experience to head up the first KERB regional expansion into Scotland!
Her dogs, the great outdoors, Cooking (and eating)
TIPPLE: Malbec, Argentinian of course
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
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
Health & Safety Manager
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
Seven Dials Market
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
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
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)
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
Lara Barquin Fernandez
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