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The Kitchen

An open space, stripping back the divide between chef and guest


The OmVed Kitchen can be found at the rear of the Glasshouse under the shade of the nearby woods’ tall trees. Reflections of leaves and light dapple the white Corian surfaces whilst a large pot gently steams: vegetable chopping marks time. In this open space the kitchen sits at the heart of the dilemma of our time: how do we reconnect the megalopolis to its food? How does the city nurture itself?

The minimalist kitchen, designed by Chef Arthur Potts Dawson to highlight the simple beauty of cooking, invites chefs to share the space and exchange ideas about how to create delicious nutritious meals for the future of the planet. At its fingertips, the nearby organic vegetable garden is intrinsic to our goal of a no waste-on-site kitchen, as well as low energy and reduced use of harmful unnecessary chemicals. We are experimenting with how food and the OmVed kitchen can be a catalyst for change.

Chefs Manifesto

The Chefs Manifesto is a global community of over 500 chefs working together to deliver the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

The initiative, launched at OmVed Gardens in April 2017, interprets the development goal in 8 key action areas that are easy to follow for any chef around the world. OmVed Gardens is the London Action Hub for The Chefs’ Manifesto, regularly holding advocacy and knowledge-sharing sessions throughout the year.


Executive Chef (teacher & mentor)

Arthur runs the food operation at OmVed Gardens, aided by a team of young, dynamic and aspirational chefs. His role extends far beyond the kitchen, leading workshops, advocacy and our relationships with the World Food Programme, as official Chef Advocate and The Chefs’ Manifesto, as one of its founding members.

Through the Glasshouse’s open, minimal kitchen, Arthur and his team educate, entertain and narrate through food.

In the kitchen since the tender age of 17, Arthur has worked alongside a long list of household culinary names. He learnt his trade in establishments such as the River Café and Soho House, building the kitchen around local, seasonal, organic sourcing of ingredients and a low-waste, low impact practices.


Assisting 86.7 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

The World Food Programme regularly launches initiatives at OmVed Gardens, using the space for advocacy, events and knowledge-sharing.

Initiatives and campaigns launched at OmVed Gardens include Feed Our Future & Recipe for Disaster