Student Olivia and her family have been super busy during lockdown delivering food across Cambridgeshire!
My brother Stuart Drake is a chef. After 10 years of working in restaurants and hotels and achieving 3 AA rosettes, he wanted a change and started a private dining business called Drake’s Bespoke Dining, where he cooks a tailor-made menu with the little touches you would expect from a high-end restaurant in people’s own homes.
Because of the current situation, he had to put that on hold, so he used his contacts in the catering industry to start up a contactless delivery service called Chef2U.
The owner of the White Pheasant in Fordham, Calvin Holland said Stuart could use his kitchen on a temporary basis rent-free as he was forced to shut because of COVID-19. This generosity makes it possible for Stuart to prepare and deliver freshly produced homemade yet still affordable meals. The meals are prepared on the day of delivery then chilled and delivered with re-heating instructions, this allowed the older and more venerable of our community to be able to stock up for the week.
The business grew and went in a direction Stuart was not expecting, and now also has a lot of family’s order religiously on a weekly basis. His business got recognised by the council and they put his name on the list for the “Home but not alone scheme”, so anyone who was struggling during lockdown could get hold of him. He also prepared and personally delivered numerous meals for key workers over Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk just as a thank you. Trying to help out individual sectors who found themselves in the middle of this pandemic, some examples of these are A&E, pharmaceutical dispensers, supermarket workers and the ambulance service.
As a family, we worked together to build the business. My sister Amelia was the pot wash and my mum, my other brother and I are the delivery team and our delivery route is different every day. We deliver to Cambridge/Newmarket/Mildenhall/Weeting/Hopton/Hockwold and many more.
Well done to Olivia and family for such amazing work supporting those struggling in these difficult times!
If you’ve been inspired by Olivia’s story and want to take part in volunteering when we return to college why not join the Long Road Volunteering Club! Contact Sam Plant for more details.