MasterChef winner to help create ‘self-sustaining' pub
A London pub which intends to become the city's first "100% self-sustaining community gastropub" has appointed MasterChef winner Keri Moss to the kitchen team.
Moss and Zoe Wagner, her partner in catering company Crumbs, will both be involved in devising menus and setting up the food operation at The Patch in East Dulwich.
The business intends to have a strict food supply policy which include growing as much of its own produce on site via an innovative vertical growing technology that uses 90% less water and land than conventional methods. A barn and second kitchen will be converted into an artisanal food incubator and there will also be a bakery and smokehouse.
Heirloom vegetable varieties will be a key feature of the menu and all bought in ingredients will be sourced from within a radius of 25 miles.
However, plans to raise community funding for the project, which is headed by Arnold Reicher, appear to have failed to have reached its target of £17,500. Alternative forms of finance are now being sought for the pub, which was formerly The Magnolia.
Moss opened her first restaurant, the Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Selfridges department store, London, last month.
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