Kerb Life Podcast : E10

InKERBating Ain’t Easy

How do new food startups survive in London’s ultra-competitive scene? Who’s crazy enough to upend their life for a new biz amidst the whirl of KERB life? Why do so many people dream of their own spot on the streets? In this first episode of series 2 we're talking street food start-ups, KERB’s InKERBator and how setting up is hard to do.

Podcast Summary (It's way better to listen)

Robin Leeburn opens the box on London’s freshest street food menus and looks at how KERB’s three-month trader training and mentorship programme is helping London’s best new street chefs gain a foothold in the big city.

We meet the next generation of food stars at the KERB Workshop – a day-long where would-be street food traders gain valuable know-how from some of the capital’s leading industry names. Among the speakers is Huw Gott, founder of steak favourites Hawksmoor, who shares his knowledge of how a people-first company can pull together to create success.

Workshop attendees describe why they want to turn their passion for food into their own business and finally, we learn first-hand the transformative power of street food with Liberty Kitchen, providing opportunity and work for current and former inmates at Pentonville Prison.

Interview summary:

Nigel Matthews of Hanoi Kitchen at KERB West India Quay, on making it work in the early days of London’s street food revolution

Tom Bickers, Truffle at WIQ on how truffles changed his life

Oz Harborth & Sheena Campbell, Zephyr, bringing sunshine to London with their SoCal-inspired menus to WIQ

Adam Root of Oishii Yatai at WIQ on founding a Japanese street food business with a mission at its heart: to support clean oceans

Taco Dave tells us how graduating from the InKERBator programme helped realise his food dreams

Brittney Bean, co-founder Mother Clucker, excerpt from her speech at KERB’s Workshop event at White Rabbit Studios, Shoreditch

Huw Gott, Hawksmoor founder and KERB Workshop speaker on creating a ‘people-first’ business

Ollie Hunter, KERB Head of Development, on how the Workshop events have helped launch some of London’s renowned street food names, including Bleecker Burger and Club Mexicana

KERB Workshop attendees Jeanette Bouland, Simon Hodgkinson, Laksmi Guru on their food goals

Danny Green & Janet Bolton of Liberty Kitchen talk street food horizons and opportunity for current and former prisoners at KERB Kings Cross in Granary Square

Music Credits

Dat Brass, recorded under the canopy at Granary Square during KERB’s 5th birthday bash

Guy Stewart playing his light-up saxophone at Tate Modern

London Joy Singers, recorded at KERB Camden Lock