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A new generation of hospitality entrepreneurs in Tooting

A new generation of hospitality entrepreneurs in Tooting

| by Tooting Newsie | Posted in News, Food & Drink, Education, Events
Roi Mengelgrein
Roi Mengelgrein, Tooting Market manager, addresses the contestants

The Tooting Street Food Challenge was officially launched in Tooting Market on Wednesday 6 June.

As Tooting has become such a dining destination, it seemed an appropriate location to inspire the next generation of hospitality entrepreneurs!

Five Wandsworth schools will now go head to head in designing the best street food and/or beverage idea. Participating schools include: Burntwood Academy, Chestnut Grove Academy, Ernest Bevin College, Nightingale School and Southfields Academy.

Set in and around Tooting Market, the street food competition will present young people with a unique opportunity to develop a business idea and to put their entrepreneurial skills into practice.

Rasna Khanom & JJ Goodman
Rasna Khonam of Wandsworth Council; JJ Goodman of London Cocktail Club

The competition was officially launched from Unwined in Tooting Market. Kiki Evans, co-founder of Unwined, spoke about her route into the hospitality industry.  There was also input from JJ Goodman, owner of London Cocktail Club, former MasterChef finalist Daksha Mistry and Tim Andrews from hospitality recruitment company Learn Train Recruit.

Roi Mengelgrein, Tooting Market Manager, spoke passionately about how the market has developed in recent years, and the vision and commitment needed to launch your business.

During the next few months, participating students will work with a business mentor to develop their ideas. Students will also attend workshops from business gurus throughout the challenge. This will all lead to the final in October where final products are presented to a panel of industry judges. 

Other Tooting businesses, Meza, Vijaya Krishna, Nuvola Bakery and Tota will also participate in offering guidance and support in what it takes to establish a successful restaurant.

The winning team will get to launch their new product at Unwined.

The project is coordinated by the Council’s Lifelong Learning team and consultancy firm Rinova, and is the latest idea to come out of Pan Out – a project in receipt of European funding and aimed at promoting careers in the hospitality industry.


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