The KERB+ InKERBator programme is back for 2024 with a brand new cohort of seven incredible women-owned street food businesses.
CELEBRATING WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES:
Our first inKERBator cohort of the year is dedicated to supporting women-owned food businesses and levelling the playing field. Why? In our 2023 member census we gathered the scoop on over 140 of our members and only 32% of them are women-owned. Across the UK only 19% of chefs are women.
It’s time to change that. The women-owned inKERBator is a huge step in promoting diversity and inclusivity in London’s street food scene.
We’ve welcomed seven incredible new traders onto our one-of-a-kind, free training programme. They’ve spent three weeks in the classroom at KERB HQ and it’s now time for them to head to KERB+ Cowcross Yards for their market debut.
“Street food is for everyone, and gender shouldn’t be a barrier. KERB+ is breaking down the street food gender gap with the first-ever women-owned inKERBator, representing the incredible talent across London.” – Claudia Bovey, Senior Markets Manager for KERB+
MEET THE INKERBATOR LINE-UP:
Makeda is the powerhouse behind Mama’s Ktchn, serving up vegan soul food that’s not only good for the soul and the planet. For Makeda, the connection between family and food is profound, holding a special place in her heart and she’s been whipping up culinary delights since childhood.
Born in Rome, Alice followed her heart to London and rediscovered her love for cooking. Putting her career as a lawyer on hold, she founded Mezzo to bring authentic Italian flavours to the streets of London.
Bringing the heart of Irish cuisine to London streets, Emma’s Emerald Eats is a tribute to the legendary Hot Chicken Fillet Roll. For founder Emma, it’s more than a business; Emerald eats has taken her from the corporate world, straight to the KERB where she’s paving the way for Irish cuisine.
Mother and Daughter business, Banzai Kitchen serves up tasty Japanese chicken Karage with a twist, drawing influence from their Japanese/ Jamaican heritage. They’ve only been up and trading for six months but they’ve already hit events, museums and local markets.
Growing up in an all-women household, Gina grew up surrounded by strong, inspirational women. Gina learned all that she knows about Vietnamese cuisine and cooking from her late Grandmother, who shared stories and cooking techniques with her until she was 103 years old. Hanoi Cà Phê is a celebration of her family recipes with dishes that boast mouth-watering flavours.
Angela’s journey looking after her brother’s street food business to opening her own spots at Exmouth Market and Broadway Market is nothing short of inspirational. Latin Soul offers a delightful menu of South American home-style cooking and she’s bringing pack-a-punch spice to the markets.
Founder of Poke Nom, Kate, is on a mission to make healthy food accessible. Kate’s dedication to promoting well-being is showcased through her vibrant and nutritious creations, elevating the concept of fresh, wholesome food. It’s been a while since we’ve had POKE on the markets and we’re pumped for the comeback!
“The women-owned batch of inKERBator traders is just the start. With up to four cohorts a year, we’re committed to nurturing the love for women entrepreneurs.” – Claudia Bovey, Senior Markets Manager
HOW TO GET A BITE:
This bunch launch at the KERB+ Cowcross Yards market on Wednesday 31st January from 11.30am and they’ll be there every Wednesday until they graduate on Wednesday 6th March. Head down, bring your friends and grab a dish. We’re all ears when it comes to feedback so if you’re a Cowcross Yards local, sign up here and let us know what you think.
Each business will work with the KERB+ team to improve their businesses to graduate and become fully-fledged KERB members.
SEE YOU THERE
Every Wednesday from January 31st until March 6th.
KERB+ Cowcross Yards
“The women-owned batch of inKERBator traders is just the start. With up to four cohorts a year, we’re committed to nurturing the love for women entrepreneurs.”
Claudia Bovey, Senior Markets Manager