'Food on the run' takes on a whole new meaning with a London prison restaurant now pivoting to food delivery to keep its training kitchen open during the pandemic.
The Clink training restaurant, which schools prisoners in hospitality and operates out of HMP Brixton prison in south London, is now offering a meal delivery service to keep its in-house operation up and running while the restaurant is in lockdown.
Chris Moore, chief executive of the Clink Charity, told the BBC that switching to a take-away service has allowed inmates to keep training for catering qualifications. "It's investing in someone's future," he said.
The online [email protected] service, will deliver to customers within a five-mile radius and includes a selection of crowd pleasing dishes. While jerk chicken and kastu curry remain the most popular mains, the menu also features treats such as arancini and gyoza alongside a few favourites for dessert, including eton mess, summer fruit crumble and sticky toffee pudding. All meals are cooked in the prison restaurant, under the supervision of chefs.
The service only started last week and already has all its delivery slots booked for this week.
The UK hospitality charity The Clink offers inmates training in restaurant work as a means of rehabilitation. It trains up to 30 prisoners at a time in each of its four training restaurants, HMP High Down, Brixton, Styal and Cardiff, and it also has a café and two horticulture training programmes in its UK-wide programme.