meet: Jamie Berger & Ellie Grace
Next Tuesday, Jamie Berger, Pitt Cue’s co-founder and Ellie Grace, French & Grace’s co-founder will be leading the workshop “Street Food Revolution: London’s changing food scene, from markets to food trucks and everywhere in between”, scroll down to learn how to join. Below is a short introduction about them:
Jamie read Chinese at Cambridge and sold his house upon graduation to put money behind his college friend Karan (now Lord) Bilimoria to found Cobra Beer. Once Cobra had become an established brand, Jamie become a non-executive director and left to pursue pastures new. After a stint as an investment banker in the Far East, Jamie completed a PhD at Harvard where he taught for two years before taking up research posts at Tokyo University, for two years, and the Collège de France, in Paris, for three. Returning to England to head up the London office of an American business intelligence firm, Jamie was quickly reminded why he had left the corporate world in the first place and fell back on his joint loves: food and drink. Having been given his first cocktail shaker by his American mother at 12, Jamie finally realised his dream of setting up a food truck when he co-founded Pitt Cue Co. in 2011 with his chef-friend Tom Adams. After a successful summer serving Southern US barbecue, bourbon and beer on London’s Southbank, Pitt Cue Co. opened in bricks-and-mortar in Soho in January 2012.
Ellie Grace is co-founder of French & Grace, which started as Salad Club together with her friend Rosie French, an award-winning food blog and supper club. Due to popular demand from an ever-growing and loyal fan base, they expanded to become part of the mobile street food crew, Eat.st, and even opened their own restaurant in Brixton Village in October 2011. In May 2012, first cook book was published with Kyle Books - Kitchen & Co: Colourful Home Cooking Through the Seasons.
Next Tuesday, 7th August, Jamie and Ellie will be leading the workshop “Street Food Revolution: London’s changing food scene, from markets to food trucks and everywhere in between”, at citizenM London Bankside. This workshop is open to the public and free to attend, limited spaces available. To sign up, email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com.
credit photos: Jamie Berger, Tim Pohle