Arthur Potts Dawson
Arthur Potts Dawson is a United Nations Advocacy Chef and sustainability expert. The classically trained chef and outstanding eco speaker is known as ‘the original green chef’ as described by Jamie Oliver. Now a Manifesto Chef for the World Food Programme too Arthur spends much of his time travelling all over the world both with work and for speaking.
About Arthur Potts Dawson
Arthur Potts-Dawson has now been creating extraordinary cuisine and running restaurants for nearly 30 years. A fine speaker, media pundit, TV chef, author and entrepreneur, Arthur is dedicated to encouraging sustainability. He is also passionate about sharing his expertise about green living, delivering sustainability workshops and educating diners, students and audiences with informative, and well-grounded menus speeches.
Arthur Potts Dawson trained with the Roux brothers. Subsequently he 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 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.
The People’s Supermarket
Many will remember Arthur as the inspiration behind ‘The People’s Supermarket’ https://www.thepeoplessupermarket.org/ which is a not-for-profit co-operative social enterprise, opened in June 2010. The subject of a 4 part Channel 4 documentary in 2011 it has 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 helping starving communities become self-sufficient.
The Chef’s Manifesto
The Chef’s Manifesto, within which Arthur plays an integral part, was set up byt SDG2 Advocacy Hub. It facilitates a community of 640+ chefs from 77 countries, equipped with a simple set of actions to drive progress against the food issues that matter most to them. They believe chefs can be powerful advocates for a better food future to inspire people to make changes in their kitchens and communities. Thus, empowering them to call on governments and companies to also play their part.
Arthur teaches Wing Chun Kung Fu, which he has practiced for over 20 years and has two children.
Finally, Arthur has a variety of speeches which discuss the many aspects, hurdles and successes of food sustainability. Looking at some of the problems communities faces in terms of its impact on the environment, he explains how people can change this for the better. He also shares stories of his work on the many projects which drive him.