Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

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Life & Soul Magazine

Arthur Potts Dawson, the “original Green chef” as Jamie Oliver once penned him, has long championed sustainable practices within the food and catering industry from his creation of “sustainably aware urban restaurants”, being an advocate for “wonky fruit and veg”, making use of everything in the kitchen long before it became coined “zero waste”, through to founding a supermarket “for the people, by the people”.

Founder of The People’s Supermarket, a co-operative in central London’s Lamb’s Conduit Street, Arthur Potts Dawson has created a supermarket that is staffed by local residents which keep costs low and prices affordable.

Based upon the concept of the food co-operative and inspired in part by the Park Slope Food Coop in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn in New York, members of the social enterprise are required to pay a £25 annual fee and contribute four hours of their time every four weeks to working in the store. In return, members receive a 20% discount…

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