A year in the life of Dave Coulson… 

The head chef and owner of Peace & Loaf reflects on a good 2017 for the Jesmond restaurant and again spending this Christmas helping The People’s Kitchen to feed the local homeless community

It’s December! How the devil did that happen? What a whirlwind year it’s been for me and the restaurant and I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings.

This December, I will again be working with the guys at The People’s Kitchen, as I have done for the last few years. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, it was estimated that there were 4134 counts of rough sleepers on any one night in England during 2016, a 16 per cent rise on the previous year, which is such a sad state of affairs in this day-and-age.

The People’s Kitchen has a street party every December, which attracts a large percentage of the homeless community.

I’ll either be providing some of the food for the street party or I’ll be popping down to the kitchen, providing ingredients and cooking up a fab meal for their street friends. I like to show the voluntary cooks how to make the most out of the ingredients and have as little waste as possible. They’re great people and it’s really rewarding knowing I can help in such a small way.

Back to restaurant life, last month, we did a pop-up event with Tom Reeves of L’Enclume. Tom used to work for me in Peace & Loaf and we’ve worked together in other venues so we thought it would be amazing to have him back for one night only. We served an 11-course feast to a packed restaurant with dishes including oysters, quail, duck, haddock and mussels, to name but a few. They went down a treat with diners and we loved having Tom back for the night.

It’s been another amazing year for us at Peace & Loaf and I’m so proud of everyone involved. We’ve won multiple awards (again) and we’ve gone from strength-to-strength as a team. Many staff have been promoted and it’s great to see them accepting their new found responsibility and take on their roles with such enthusiasm.

Oh, and don’t forget to try out the Peace and Loaf Christmas menu this December – we’ve got a real treat in store for you all!

Peace & Loaf
www.peaceandloaf.co.uk
@peaceandloafjes

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