Event Preview: Rubbish Chefs in Cambridge

Rubbish chefs Michaelhouse centre Cambridge foodie explorers

Alex Rushmer and Tristan Welch are “Rubbish Chefs”

Alex Rushmer, former Masterchef finalist, and Tristan Welch, the former head chef at the prestigious Launceston Place in London, are set to collaborate this week by showcasing a pop-up restaurant that sells waste food. Helping raise  awareness about the amount of food that goes to waste in the industry. To showcase this, they have announced their plans for the two-day pop-up restaurant, which will use only food that would have usually gone to waste. With the apt name of ‘Rubbish Chefs’.

The event is to occur on the 16th and 17th of March at Michaelhouse Church in Cambridge. All proceeds from the event will go to ‘Jimmy’s Night Shelter’ and ‘Food Cycle’.

Rubbish chefs Michaelhouse centre Cambridge foodie explorers The food will be supplied by local companies who have shown their support for the cause. With the leftover produce, the duo will create a four-course menu to serve 45 covers on each of the two nights that it will run. Local wine merchant’s, Thirsty, will be providing complimenting wine, whilst also showcasing sustainable alternatives to bottled wines. By serving everything that most restaurants throw away, they hope to prove the potential of this food waste and inspire others to consider its’ usage.

Tristan said: “While it is going to be a challenge, I can’t wait to get stuck in and create delicious dishes that highlight the waste issues in our food chain. Alex and I want to make a positive statement and help inspire people and companies to change the way they cook and view food. What they may currently view as ‘rubbish’ and ‘off-cuts’, might actually be enough to create a dinner fit for a king.”

Rubbish chefs Michaelhouse centre Cambridge foodie explorers

Alex added: “As a chef, I know all too well the issue of food waste and worked consistently at The Hole in the Wall to limit this as much as possible. I’m looking forward to creating some truly fantastic dishes from ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste. I’ve also been delighted by the response from our local suppliers, all of whom share the same concerns regarding food waste.”



Michaelhouse Centre



16th and 17th March 2018


Tickets for the event are available on Eventbrite.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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