Speaker - Food and Sustainability
Arthur Potts Dawson is a classically trained chef and was named the original green chef' by Jamie Oliver. He is an advocate for the World Food Programme and a sustainability consultant. Arthur is a highly experience and informed speaker on all aspects of food and what needs to be done to improve CSR. He educates, inspires and motivates.
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Arthur Potts Dawson trained with the Roux brothers and went on to work alongside industry ‘greats’ including Rose Gray & Ruth Rodgers at The River Cafe, Rowley Leigh at Kensington Place, Hugh Fernley-Wittingstall and Pierre Khoffman.
Asked to relaunch Cecconi’s restaurant in Mayfair, Arthur also worked as executive head chef for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant.
In 2006 Arthur created two restaurants described as ‘sustainably aware urban restaurants’, Acorn House and the Water House. Passionate about the variety of food on offer in towns and cities, he created a menu of 'Modern London' cuisine for Acorn House which exemplified the diversity of the city in which he was born.
Arthur Potts Dawson wrote his first book 'The Acorn House Cookbook' in 2008, and taught 10 young 'trainees' a year in sustainable catering at Acorn House. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and represented England as Ambassador Chef at Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.
His 2009 restaurant project was an organic ‘pop-up’ called Mrs Paisley’s Lashings, with all profits going to organic education projects in schools around London.
He was also behind 'The People’s Supermarket' which is a not-for-profit co-operative social enterprise, opened in June 2010 and the subject of a 4 part Channel 4 documentary in 2011. It is a unique business model, with its member/owners working voluntarily. The aim is to keep costs low and good food cheap.
'The People’s Kitchen', within the supermarket, is also producing delicious food for sale in the supermarket.
Arthur has made numerous other TV appearances and was a regular guest chef on 'Saturday Cooks'. He also wrote for the Guardian food/travel section and has worked on three shows for BBC Radio 4's food programme.
He now spends much of his time travelling the world looking at all aspects of food sustainability, helping implement programmes to help struggling and in some cases starving communities become self sufficient.
Arthur teaches Wing Chun Kung Fu, which he has practised for 20 years, has two children and lives with his partner in Bristol.
Arthur Potts Dawson has a variety of speeches which discuss the many aspects, hurdles and successes of food sustainability. He looks at some of the problems communities faces in terms of its impact on the environment, and how people can change this for the better. He also shares stories of his work on the many projects which drive him.