Published - 13 June 2019

Masterchef aims to bring dockside community together

Masterchef finalist Steven Kielty is aiming to “bring people together” at one-night-only supper club at Royal Albert Wharf to mark the London Festival of Architecture.

Next week's event at Lockside Kitchen, which costs just £35 per person, will see Steven – who wowed judges on the BBC show in 2017 – create a delicious four-course menu.

It is part of a series of festival events at Royal Albert Wharf in partnership with Bow Arts Trust and Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency (GCDA).

We spoke with Steve to find out how he became involved with the supper club at RAW and his opinion of the importance of food in creating new communities.

Masterchef finalist Steve Kielty is bringing a supper club to Royal Albert Wharf

How did you end up getting involved in the Supper Club?

I have worked with GCDA on a few projects, such as catering events, and mentioned that I’d like to do some pop ups. Sophie, Lockside Kitchen’s manager, was then mentioned to me. I only live two miles away in Woolwich so I went down to see the space and really liked it. It’s lovely down there with a great café and I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to engage local people.

How important do you think food and food businesses are in creating new communities and places?

Food can bring people from all backgrounds together and events like this, which are affordable, can be really important when areas are changing. I have run supper clubs before for Bexley Council and they really help to unite people who may never have met. You could be sitting next to a neighbour who you have never spoken to. Events like these really help people to get to know each other, and that can be so vital in new areas that can sometimes be quite lonely if you’ve just moved in. 

Steven's chicken dish

And finally why should people go?

There’s great food and great views, what’s not to like? I like to use locally sourced and seasonal ingredients and to be inventive, offering slight twists on classic dishes. This will be something different that you can’t currently get in south east London – fine dining at affordable prices.

The Supper Club will take place on Saturday 22 June at 7pm. Tickets are available until Thursday 20 June

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