SHAFTESBURY-based chef Philippa Davis was on stage at the BBC Food & Farming Awards night in Bristol with fellow members of the Liberty Kitchen team, to receive the Street Food Award.

Liberty Kitchen, based in HMP Pentonville, is a street food project set up about 18 months ago to help reduce re-offending rates and provide a chance for positive change. Founded by Janet Boston, the project creates an exciting range of street food sold at London markets and at private and public events.

“The aim,” said Philippa, “is to give the men a chance for change.”

The food is made and sold by prisoners and ex-prisoners who learn to cook and get the chance to take catering qualifications. They design and produce a London-inspired menu of ‘Ball And No Chain’ meat, fish and vegan balls with appropriate accompaniments. All the recipes are created by the men to reflect their own backgrounds.

Judges for the Street Food Award category were looking for ‘Street level cooks selling great value, freshly made meals, using good quality ingredients.’

For more details of Liberty Kitchen, visit the website

Philippa Davis grew up, and still lives in Dorset. She is now a private chef cooking around the world for various high profile clients. She is the food writer for The Field magazine, writes restaurant lists for House and Garden online and creates the recipe section for the Deepest Books series (including Deepest Dorset, which has so far raised £40,000 for charity, and the recently published Deepest Wiltshire). She is also a restaurant and food consultant and helped set up and provides support for Liberty Kitchen.

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