The Good Kitchen partners you with an experienced food entrepreneur.

We believe that well-matched mentors play a crucial part in assisting a social enterprise’s development.  In fact, 90% of organisations transfer a new skill into their practice as a result of theory, demonstration, practice and feedback during mentor-supported training (compared to just 20% without the mentoring).

The Good Kitchen has a large network of experienced professionals from the food industry, social enterprise and charity sectors.  We will work closely with you to ensure the most suitable mentor match possible. 

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 - OUR MENTORS - 

 
Jerome is an experienced entrepreneur and co-founder of KellyDeli, Europe's leading Sushi retailer with its chain of “Sushi Daily” counters within supermarkets. Jerome began his career working as an engineer in telecommunications, before transitioning to the food and retail sectors. With an MBA from INSEAD, Jerome worked for small Hi-Tech start-ups and large multinational companies, starting up new companies, activities, departments, products and services. 

Jerome is an experienced entrepreneur and co-founder of KellyDeli, Europe's leading Sushi retailer with its chain of “Sushi Daily” counters within supermarkets. Jerome began his career working as an engineer in telecommunications, before transitioning to the food and retail sectors. With an MBA from INSEAD, Jerome worked for small Hi-Tech start-ups and large multinational companies, starting up new companies, activities, departments, products and services. 

Jerome Castaing

Monisha Saldanha believes in good while making a profit. A Harvard Business School MBA graduate, Monisha has over 15 years in marketing and product development in start-ups and a range of socially conscious brands including eBay, the NHS, and the Guardian.  Monisha worked for Jamie Oliver during a period of tremendous growth that included the launch of Jamie's Italian and Barbecoa, and the expansion of the Jamie Oliver Foundation. In 2004, she co-founded the social enterprise Momaya Press to encourage people around the world to read and write short stories.  

Monisha Saldanha believes in good while making a profit. A Harvard Business School MBA graduate, Monisha has over 15 years in marketing and product development in start-ups and a range of socially conscious brands including eBay, the NHS, and the Guardian.  Monisha worked for Jamie Oliver during a period of tremendous growth that included the launch of Jamie's Italian and Barbecoa, and the expansion of the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

In 2004, she co-founded the social enterprise Momaya Press to encourage people around the world to read and write short stories.  

Monisha Saldanha

Simon is the Investment Manager at Access Foundation, where he is responsible for the Growth Fund - a new £45m social investment fund that provides a blend of grant and loan capital to intermediaries for lending to charities and social enterprises. His banking career covered a variety of roles across debt capital markets at leading international institutions. He has also acted as a Finance Director for an early-stage venture and has experience of advising social sector organisations.  He was awarded a scholarship to study at London Business School where he obtained an MBA and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.   

Simon is the Investment Manager at Access Foundation, where he is responsible for the Growth Fund - a new £45m social investment fund that provides a blend of grant and loan capital to intermediaries for lending to charities and social enterprises.

His banking career covered a variety of roles across debt capital markets at leading international institutions. He has also acted as a Finance Director for an early-stage venture and has experience of advising social sector organisations.  He was awarded a scholarship to study at London Business School where he obtained an MBA and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. 
 

Simon Meldrum

Kelly is a co-founder of KellyDeli, Europe's leading Sushi retailer with its chain of “Sushi Daily” counters within supermarkets. Having grown up in after-the-war South Korea, Kelly experienced food poverty first hand losing two siblings to hunger and illness before their fifth birthday. Kelly has 20 years experience in opening and running innovative food businesses. A trained sushi chef and expert in customer service, Kelly is excited to help social enterprises tackle food poverty.

Kelly is a co-founder of KellyDeli, Europe's leading Sushi retailer with its chain of “Sushi Daily” counters within supermarkets. Having grown up in after-the-war South Korea, Kelly experienced food poverty first hand losing two siblings to hunger and illness before their fifth birthday. Kelly has 20 years experience in opening and running innovative food businesses. A trained sushi chef and expert in customer service, Kelly is excited to help social enterprises tackle food poverty.

Kelly Choi

Michel Léonard is a graduate from HEC Business School and INSEAD/CEDEP. Throughout his impressive career, he has held a number of positions in the food industry. He began at Danone before becoming the Group CEO of Bongrain in 2000. Most recently, Michel was the Chairman of the Management Board of Lactalis, the first dairy group in the world.  He is now a Non-Executive Director of several companies in Europe and a consultant in strategy and governance  

Michel Léonard is a graduate from HEC Business School and INSEAD/CEDEP. Throughout his impressive career, he has held a number of positions in the food industry. He began at Danone before becoming the Group CEO of Bongrain in 2000. Most recently, Michel was the Chairman of the Management Board of Lactalis, the first dairy group in the world. 

He is now a Non-Executive Director of several companies in Europe and a consultant in strategy and governance
 

Michel Léonard

Iqbal Wahhab has built a reputation for delivering world-class excellence through the highly successful restaurant businesses he’s founded, Roast and The Cinnamon Club. Iqbal has won a number of major awards and accolades during his career. He was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and listed in the Caterer Power 100, GQ 100 Most Connected and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors. He’s currently writing a follow up book to his polemic “Charity Sucks” as well as working on a new restaurant venture. 

Iqbal Wahhab has built a reputation for delivering world-class excellence through the highly successful restaurant businesses he’s founded, Roast and The Cinnamon Club.

Iqbal has won a number of major awards and accolades during his career. He was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and listed in the Caterer Power 100, GQ 100 Most Connected and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors.

He’s currently writing a follow up book to his polemic “Charity Sucks” as well as working on a new restaurant venture. 

Iqbal Wahhab

Michael founded The House - a creative and digital marketing agency - in 2009 and is responsible for all creative output and heading up the team. He is an experienced designer having worked in London and Hong Kong and has a truly global view. Michael has worked with organisations of all sizes such as the NHS, MTV, Fairtrade, Diabetes UK, Boots and Nokia to smaller start-ups like Olive Branch, Mixcloud and Readwave.  Michael has a particular interest in supporting organisations with a social mission, helping them tell their story and deliver even greater social impact.   

Michael founded The House - a creative and digital marketing agency - in 2009 and is responsible for all creative output and heading up the team. He is an experienced designer having worked in London and Hong Kong and has a truly global view. Michael has worked with organisations of all sizes such as the NHS, MTV, Fairtrade, Diabetes UK, Boots and Nokia to smaller start-ups like Olive Branch, Mixcloud and Readwave. 

Michael has a particular interest in supporting organisations with a social mission, helping them tell their story and deliver even greater social impact. 
 

Michael Murdoch


Are you an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for ending food poverty? Do you have the skills to support a high-impact social enterprise and a desire to become a trusted adviser? If yes, we'd love to hear from you