The Shared Table is a new sociable experience aimed at bringing people together, no ego’s, just a love for food and people is required! Defined by Director Mark Greenwood as ‘Food with Reason,‘ embodying an ethical and sustainable approach to all elements of his culinary events. His team will be holding their next pop-up at The Pillbox Kitchen on the 17th of December, just 2 minutes from Bethnal Green. Make sure you grab tickets fast!
We interviewed Mark to uncover more about his passionate love for food and the community….
INTERVIEW – Mark Greenwood
You recently launched The Shared Table, your first solo project. Tell us a bit about that?
The Shared Table is an idea I’ve had for many years; I wanted to create a pop up bistro in a space where people could see the engine room (kitchen) in action. This is where the heart is of any bistro, and I want my guests to be able to watch what goes into the creation of what they’ll be eating.
I also wanted my food to have a reason. By this I mean I wanted to support locals business by working with organic farmers, passionate free-range butchers and sustainable fisheries. Everything I buy and the ingredients I use, I want to be able to say where I sourced them from and the reasons why. I also have big dreams to become 100% waste-free, along with creating jobs for those that have experienced homelessness.
Where are you and what are you going to be doing today?
I’m currently planing the next big event, that will be running every month at The Pill box kitchen Warmth is the first one on the 17th December, and starting from January next year we will be hosting 12 more exiting night that will all be about (food with reason)
all being held at The Pill Box Kitchen.
What is your earliest memory of food?
It has to be at the fair! Sweet candy floss and tempting donuts, hot dogs with extra burnt onions, mustard and ketchup. All those great flavors and smells you immediately associate with good old fashioned fairgrounds!
If you could describe food in one word then what would it be?
PASSION. It’s everything to me and that’s what it means to me in every sense of the word.
What’s your favorite hangout in London and/or Worldwide?
In London it would have to be the Night Jar in Hoxton. It’s a great looking bar, service is always tops and they have a great bill of live music and jazz on constant supply. I can’t get enough of the Ward 8 cocktail either!
Worldwide, I have two places: Wanaka in New Zealand, simply for it’s community-feel. Everyone who lives there really knows their neighborhood inside out, to the extent where you can walk into the next house and ask for a cup of sugar without looking weird! The seasons in New Zealand are out of this world, I love getting into the mountains and snowboarding with friends as soon as winter hits.
The second place is somewhere I could never forget; Bali, and my escape to Ubud! I was blown away by this place, so many interesting people and the art in this town was in a league of its own. When you’re riding a motorcycle out there you feel free as a bird surrounded in amazing scenery and awesome nature, it’s hard not to fall in love with a place like this.
Who inspires you in the industry?
This is a hard one; I would have to say my very first Head Chef Richard Alsop, he was always pushing me to be the best I can and giving me second chances. I have to put my hands up and say I must have been a lot for him to take on; he was always getting in trouble at work and in the staff block, but somehow through it all managed to keep me in my job for 3 years! His patience alone was something to be inspired by, as well as the skills he taught me along the way.
What’s in store for the next year?
Many awesome things! I’m looking to take The Shared Table to the next level and find a fixed location to host every event. I’ll be launching a kick-starter video this month, which I’m hoping will help fund The Shared Table with the help of some exciting new ideas soon launching. Watch this space!
Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
In the summer months I love heading out away from the city smoke and finding a nice beer garden. When winter hits it’s all about cozy old pubs with big open fireplaces. Sundays are a great day to get my closest mates together for an afternoon of wine, maybe a cheeseboard or two, and most probably a bit of highly competitive Jenga 😉
What do you do to get away from everything?
I love exploring London, getting out and going for a walk – there’s never a dull moment in this city! When I really need a break away from London, I’ll always head to the beach; Portugal along the west coast is a good spot for me, or Burgau on the Algarve.
What was the last thing that really made you stop and stare?
I once spotted a gold Ferrari in London. Aside from the color the thing that really got me was the amount of money someone must have spent on something like that!