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LaurenBy Lauren
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About

A PASSION FOR PLANTS 

The Plant Hub Is a dynamic new plant based Culinary Academy and Kitchen coming soon to East London! Our Aim is to Inspire a passion for plants through building a community where we can all learn from the most inspiring chefs and foodies to empower the nation with the knowledge to make and enjoy more plant-based food.  

Autumn Harvest
Autumn Harvest

The Academy

This campaign is specifically for our Academy. At the Plant Academy our courses focus on the most important topics in the realms of plants taught by Lauren and David alongside classically trained chefs, professional nutritionists and influential plant-based leaders. We know from our own studies over some years that it’s not just about the learning but also very much about the people you meet and the inspiration derived from working with them. Spending time with others who are equally curious and eager to learn can be life changing.

This is an opportunity to create an inclusive community that inspires health, creativity and teaches vital life skills in a dynamic plant powered way. With your help, through pledges, The Academy can buy the equipment needed to equip a professional kitchen, from which we will deliver the classes. From specialised equipment, fridges and freezers to work stations, chopping boards and rolling pins, your pledge will enable us to create an inspiring and well-equipped space to teach these dynamic classes.

Plant Hub Floor Plan
Plant Hub Floor Plan

Our Academy exists alongside a plant-based café and deli, which together form the Plant Hub - a friendly social space to eat, share, learn and inspire. 

We can teach up to 16 students at a time offering tuition with course leaders and assistants to support and inspire the training process. With classes for new cooks and budding entrepreneurs, to specialist classes for businesses and advanced programs for classically trained chefs, this Academy will focus on inspiring the plant-based movement and supporting the growing vegan scene.

Plant Based desserts
Plant Based desserts

 Ethos

Our concept and ethos are simple: we are creating a hub, an incubator, a sharing space and research centre for plant excellence. Using hyper local seasonal ingredients, supporting local producers and connecting with the community, we are focussed on teaching good skills, inspiring a connection with food and bringing joy to culinary creativity. 

Edible Flowers
Edible Flowers

Why Plants?

Well mainly because we have a passion for them. So We are lucky that In recent years, the population of many countries across the world is seeing a huge cultural shift towards a more plant-based lifestyle. People are increasingly conscious of what they eat, how it nurtures their health and the health of our planet. There is a huge opportunity for most people to eat more plants, but still there is a demand for learning in order for people to derive the maximum benefit.

Currently, 3.5 million people in the UK are vegan (Compare the Market, 2018 Survey) and there are many more who identify as vegetarian, with even greater numbers who simply want to explore a more plant-based lifestyle, in order to live in a healthier way.

 In London, this demand for a healthier lifestyle is reflected in the thriving scene of plant-based restaurants, plant-based menus at chain restaurants, street food markets and dedicated food & lifestyle stores. Staff need to be trained, chefs need plant-based inspiration and entrepreneurs need support. The success of these is proof that people are energised, interested and willing to invest in their own health through their food intake. 

"Plant-based meat and dairy alternatives are not just for vegetarians or vegans anymore; now even mainstream consumers are enjoying these delicious and innovative options in the market today." (plant based news 2018)

This is not just a trend it's a lifestyle shift and as we launch for this years 'Veganuary' campaign, to which last year grew by 183% this year, with 168,542 people signing up to go vegan (veganuary 2018), we know this market  is estimated to grow continue to grow alreadys growing from £559m in 2016 to £658m in 2021 (Source: Mintel ‘meat free food’ report, UK, May 2017)!

Who We Are

Lauren Lovatt
Lauren Lovatt

Having always been passionate about making food, Lauren pursued her passion to become a plant-based chef.  This desire to share nutritious and mesmerising plant food led her to worked as head chef of the aspirational vegan restaurant named Asparagasm for two years in the Cotswolds. From its creation, Lauren went on to train with Matthew Kenney Culinary in California, USA and then went on to be a Lead Instructor at the PlantLab School in Barcelona. 

Lauren has a keen for fine plating, excels at creating exciting plant-based food, specialising in Raw Desserts, styling and Innovative ideas for the plant powered generation constantly making connections with unique people, producers and suppliers. Always using Natural Ingredients. Elevated.

David Bez
David Bez

Having started his blog some years ago, Salad Pride, about making salads at his desk, at a time when healthy food was not as readily available as it is today, David brought his own ingredients into the office to make nutritious lunches. He began a blog about his recipes which turned into an international book. His love for healthy food led him to open Pride Kitchen café in Covent Garden, serving plant powered lunches to the people of London.

Together

Lauren and David have co-founded the Plant Hub with the Vision of bringing aspirational plant-based food to London, making health focussed and forward-thinking classes accessible to people in the UK, together with the best plant-based thought leaders to inspire budding entrepreneurs, new chefs and all health-conscious people to better understand and enjoy eating well.  

Kale Love
Kale Love

So, with our knowledge and shared passion, we have found the most amazing space in Mare Street, East London, which is the location of our Plant Hub, where you can eat plant- based food, learn new skills and connect with other passionate people. It's coming together really well …. But we need your help! 

Seasonal Tacos
Seasonal Tacos

Pledges

By making your pledge, you automatically qualify for a Plant Academy Class! These classes will be running throughout each year and will be redeemable throughout 2019. Your pledge provides you with the unique opportunity to be part of our launch and see how we evolve and grow and be part of this plant-based space built on a true community, real creativity and forward-thinking educational process. If you are pledging from abroad and won't be in London this year we can extend the offer to 2020 or we will offer a one to one online class with recipes.

The classes will be hands on and provide creative recipes & insights into plant-based techniques. Our recipes are always seasonal and accommodate all budgets and lifestyles. We will work using ingredients that support the community, working with local producers, growers and suppliers in a sustainable manner.

Pineapple 'Tepache'
Pineapple 'Tepache'

Risks and challenges

Bringing this project together is a collaborative effort between David and myself as we have both run food businesses for some years and know it can be tough, particularly in the early years.

Having both had fledgling restaurants, we know that it takes hard work to create, organise and manage a restaurant from late nights mopping the floor to managing staff and organising niche events.

Managing a cookery school is also no easy challenge but through our experience, we know that there is a huge demand for more education for most health minded people with increasing numbers of requests for private culinary classes, a growing need for educating children and a plant powered movement booming in the UK through countless conversations, requests and statistics. It is clear that there is need to create an Academy, particularly and initially in London.

Both with unique expertise, excellent connections and good support around us, we are confident that we can bring you the best people to teach specialist classes for plant-based food in an inspiring environment. Our aim is for the Academy to evolve and grow offering longer, intensive and accredited courses, which will be our challenge once we have this core curriculum established early in the New Year.

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    Let's Do Lunch

    Have a tour of the Academy and then Join us for a bite at the cafe and get a first look at the plant hub.

    This is applicable during our Soft Launch in December.

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    A taste of plants

    Intrigued? If you are passionate about food and keen to know more about the Plant Hub this is just for you. Join us for this short evening workshop to get a taste of what we offer. We will make one dish together covering techniques from sourcing seasonal ingredients to making a balanced meal. This is a delicious chance to meet the team, see our new space and share good food together.

    Takes Place every Tuesday evening throughout January. 7pm – 8:30pm

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    A Mini Masterclass

    This Mini Masterclass offers a glimpse of what the Plant Academy had to offer. We will touch on the fundamentals of plant food with one subject per session. From nut milks and seed butters to fermentation and sprouting.

    These short workshops offer the fundamentals of a new delicious skill to incorporate into your life.

    5pm - 7pm wednesdays in January

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    David Bez Presents : The Pride Kitchen

    Pride kitchen was founded by David Bez through writing his book Salad pride. After some years at his Neals yard café David is one of the Plant Hub founders. Join us for this special experience to make and taste classic dishes With recipes from his bestselling books; salad pride, breakfast love and supper love as well as our favourite dishes served from the kitchen.

    Expect one sweet and one savoury recipe with a copy of the Salad Pride book.

    Second Tuesday of every month.

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    Weekday Masterclass

    Join us for a weekday masterclass that will inspire the week ahead! These creative classes give you the chance to connect with the community and develop a delicious repetoir for the whole family. These classes in particular are unique to our kickstarter campaign in that you will receive a sustainable goodie bag of our favourite pantry staples:

    Batch cooking
    We go through the building blocks of making meals for the week ahead. Learn delicious staple dishes that can be made in advance for your family to enjoy all week. From plant powered dips and quick crackers to hearty suppers, sweet snacks and nourishing dressings. This workshop will give you all the tools you need to make healthy so simple and enjoyable.

    Monday evenings 6 - 9pm

    KIDS EAT PLANTS
    Workshops for plant passionate children and parents. We focus on healthy whole foods, seasonal ingredients and simple techniques. You will be given a delicious range of new recipes to include wholesome breakfasts, healthy snacks, interesting lunches & family style dinners. We will touch on good nutrition and how to think ahead.

    Pledge includes a spot for a parent and child on the class. Monday Mornings 10am - 1pm

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    Specialist Masterclass

    Join us at the Plant Academy for a food focussed class. We delve deep into the art of these ancient ingredients and techniques giving you up to date knowledge, new recipes and hands on experiences. Classes always end with lunch together. If one of the classes below lights your fire this pledge is for you!

    Fermentation
    Want to know your Kimchi from your Kraut? We will cover plant based cheeses, Fermented drinks, pickling and preserving.

    Expect to leave with a good knowledge of fantastically fermented food and how to use it.

    This class will include kombucha on arrival and a talk and tasting of out signature fermented foods. as well as hands on making.

    Cacao
    A love for chocolate? If you dream of making your own silky cacao creations this class is for you. In ‘cacao’ we look at the history of our favourite plant and how to make your own chocolates. We will touch on tempering, stone grinding and chocolate application.

    You will leave with one signature recipe and a good grasp of how to make classic bars, bon bons and a dessert.

    Gluten Free Baking
    Learn about gluten free baking. from gluten free sourdough and burger buns to seed loafs and thats. this whistle stop tour gives you good base recipes to begin your gluten free journey.

    Wednesday Mornings on rotation 10:30 am- 2:30pm

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    Decadent Desserts Workshop

    Co - Founder Lauren Specialises in Raw desserts. Join her for an indulgent exploration of raw dessert design. From the classic cashew cheesecake to nut free desserts, a whole new world of sweeteners and dehydrated sweet treats. We will cover the building blacks of flavour, icings and touch on superfoods.

    This course is for those beginning their Raw Dessert journey. Expect to go away with your own creations, a good understanding of basic raw dessert techniques.

    Third Tuesday of each month 9:30am - 2:00pm

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    Guest Chef Weekends

    Throughout the year we will be Joined By Fantastic Guest chefs to share their passion for Plants. This Reward will enable to to join us for any one of them!

    This will be plant powered people with revolutionary books, new expertise and exciting ideas. Expect hands on cookery and a copy of the book. Your'e in for a treat!

    To include the magnificent Dates & Avocados, Rebel Recipes,The Herball, David Bez and many More!

    Saturdays or Sundays throughout 2019

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    Vegan For Veganuary!

    We are Launching for January 2019. This month is also known as Veganuary - a campaign to inspire people to go vegan in January.

    Veganuary 2018 grew by 183% with 168,542 participants! This year is set to be even bigger.
    Join us for this special weekly series which will give you recipes, tips and support throughout the month. Paired with lectures from plant based thought leaders, tastings and product launches through the month.

    Expect to be empowered to include plants into your day to day life and to feel good throughout this special plant based month.

    Week One - Plant Mlks, granolas and snacks
    Week two - Grains, vegetables and sprouting
    Week Three - Cheeses, pickles and crackers
    Week Four - Seasonal nutrition
    Week Five - Sweet treats and a final feast.

    Thursday mornings 10:00 - 12:30 or evenings 6:30 - 9pm throughout January.

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    Food Styling Weekend

    Are you a budding photographer? Or simply dream of having your own book one day? In this class we will cook photogenic food together and spend time styling and learning the tricks behing the best food photographs.

    As well as recipes you will leave this class with your own mini portfolio of photos.

    Led by our favourite Recipe designer.

    10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday Running one weekend a month through the year

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    Vegan 101

    Curious about a plant based lifestyle? Embark upon our vegan 101 which will guide you through the building blocks of flavours, techniques and skills to empower you to live a more plant based life. Learn everything from nut milks and cheeses to sauces, desserts and main meals.

    This hands on Class is split into four sessions running 3pm - 9pm on Tuesdays throughout the year.

    Week One - Finding flavour
    The fundamentals of plant based milks, drinks and breakfasts.

    Week Two - Making a meal
    learning about the balanced plate. Sprouting, dehydrating, interesting vegetables and perfectly cooked grains.

    Week Three - Cheeses, creams and fermenting
    This is where many people seem to get stuck - Cheese! so we will guide you through how to make an amazing selection of nut cheeses perfect for pizzas, sandwiches and more.

    Week Four - Something Sweet
    this week we delve into plant powered Dessets. Talk about the best sweeteners and cover pastry, ice-cream and cacao.

    This comprehensive class will leave you in good stead to enjoy a country of plants and create confidently.

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    A Plant Life

    In this Workshop series we guide you though new ways to implement plant powered foods into you lifestyle. Joined with our favourite nutricioinses these lifestyle recipes and tips will support you into making long lasting positive change.

    Week One : Seasonal Nutrition. Learn about eating with the seasons enjoying new techniques and flavours. This class talks about creating a balanced plate and a satisfying day.

    Week Two : Mind Food Eating for your mental health. This class talks about Brain focussed foods, omega fats and whole grains and mind powered herbs.

    Week Three : Hormone Health Learn about eating for balance. We will talk about blood sugar, regular eating and targeted foods to support your body through the day.

    Week Four : Adapting to your life. In our final class we talk about wholistic self care, performance and adopting all the knowledge to your life. We end with a team meal.

    one Tuesday a Month 10am - 5pm

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    Plant 123

    Our signature curriculum from fundamentals to advanced plant based cuisine. This curriculum is about inspiring plant passion for anyone who wants to eat healthier to people starting up a business. these class give you the knowledge and skills to find your style. Create signature dishes and showcase who you are in the kitchen.

    Not just for chefs but for budding entrepreneurs or those who already have a business or style and want to evolve who they are. You can see from our video we have creative backgrounds this is even more than delicious and nutricious food but also about eating with your eyes. Our curriculum emphasised the art of plating and design. creating your own unique style and supporting you to be who you are in the kitchen.

    All weeklong classes – to include farm trips & inspiring guest lectures.

    Level One : The building blocks of plant based food. this class teaches fundamental techniques, knife skills and signature recipes. Giving you the basics of building a plant based pantry. from making your own flours and milks to ferments and vinegars.

    in this level you will develop your own signature recipes, flavours and a good pantry of essentials.

    Level Two : Level two is about creating signature dishes. Learning about seasonal nutrition and a balanced plate. We will explore more advanced techniques from dehydration to sous vide and smoking. Giving you a depth of flavour and style to your repertoire.

    Level Three : teaches application of the skills in levels one and two. once you have your own pantry and style how can you apply these skills to life. Here we talk about business. Costing, working in a kitchen, sourcing and connecting with suppliers. This level equips you for a more professional working environment. if you dream of having your own products or starting up a business or working in a restaurant. this class gives you the support to start a career in food.

    This pledge gives you that chance to join us for any level.

    Running Monday to Friday from 9:30am- 3pm throughout the year.

    Includes:
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    Culinary Class Pass

    Treat us Like a yoga Studio. Check Out what teachers we have coming up and choose which classes suit you. Up to the value of £2000 this pledge is perfect for passionate foodies who want the whole Plant Academy Experience.

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    Plant Passionate Sponsor

    Have your own bespoke course designed for you or your business. We can develop recipes to fit your needs and create menus perfect for your brand or life.

    This is for people or businesses looking to expand their plant based repertoire and looking for good skills and knowledge within the plant based scene. This pledge includes three days of hands on training plus consultancy for one month.

    This can be done remotely via skype and is a personalised service especially for our Kickstarter. Your will have a relationship with our team and feel supported in bringing a concept or lifestyle into action.

    Dates To be agreed between The Academy and Client.

    Includes:
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