Breaking bread has always been a traditional way to start a (peaceful) conversation. We are putting that to the test by launching an innovative pop-up restaurant dedicated to discussing peace.
Over the month of September, Conflict Kitchen London will serve mouth-wateringly delicious food from countries around the world that have experienced violence and conflict. Each week the kitchen will be taken over by a different cuisine, with a group of talented female chefs sharing the finest flavours of Burma (Myanmar), Jordan and Peru.
Diners will share a delicious meal at communal tables and have the chance to find out more about a range of lesser-known cuisines. Conflict Kitchen London will become only the second restaurant in Europe to serve Burmese food, while the Peruvian nights will focus on Amazonian dishes that are under-represented in most restaurants. Diners will be encouraged to explore each region and discover something new about its conflict past and present.
So join us at the dinner table to get a little taste of different cultures, learn about their hopes for peace, strike up a conversation with those sharing your table and, crucially, help raise money towards International Alert’s peacebuilding work by buying a ticket.
Conflict Kitchen London is running in association with London pop-up network, Grub Club, and Monikers Restaurant, and was inspired by a concept of the same name in the United States, which serves food from countries the US is in conflict with.
Burma: Thursday 11–Saturday 13 September 2014
Jordan: Wednesday 17–Saturday 20 September 2014
Peru: Wednesday 24–Saturday 27 September 2014
Cost: £35 (book online here)
Venue: Monikers Restaurant
16 Hoxton Square
London N1 6NT
About the chefs
Debbie Riehl (BURMA)
Debbie was born in Burma and moved to England when she was five years old. Part Burmese, Debbie has been cooking Burmese food all her life and is committed to getting more people to discover this lesser-known cuisine. She runs HushHushDining, a Burmese supper club, and also hosts pop-up restaurants.
Batool Rasheed (JORDAN)
Currently supported by the Prince’s Trust and with previous work experience at Ottolenghi, Batool is a Jordanian chef and archaeologist with an infectious passion for sharing the flavours and history of her country’s cuisine.
Marlith Tenazoa Del Aguila (PERU)
Marlith’s food reflects her background, raising the profile of Amazonian cuisine. She has previously worked in London restaurants, including Tierra Peru in Islington, and is also a part of the social enterprise and roaming restaurant, Mazi Mas, which provides migrant women with the opportunity to pursue their culinary passions.
Conflict Kitchen London is also appearing at the Queen of Hoxton from 20–21 September 2014, with a rooftop Middle Eastern grill. The menu will consist of recipes donated by top chefs Yotam Ottolenghi, Anissa Helou and Claudia Roden.