Richard’s blog

Richard Walton-AllenRichard Walton-Allen has more than 20 years’ experience working in the food industry, the last 12 as Executive Chef at Harvey Nichols. Winner of many awards, Richard has been called ‘the best chef in Leeds’ and brings his exceptional talent to his role as National Executive Chef at Create.

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Cous cous and the top of the shop spice mix

21 November 2012

In morocco every shop has its own blend and guard their recipe closely. I brought mine back from a visit last year and have been using it ever since; it’s great on roast vegetables and with fish…

Thoroughly British risotto

21 September 2012

Life is always busy at Create and most days we don’t make it easy either. I think because we talk so often about the things that matter, good food and people, we don’t want to compromise on either.

While in the garden!

25 July 2012

Just had a great weekend working with our team as part of the Newcastle and Gateshead food festival, EAT.

Summer Rain Soup

18 July 2012

I have always thought that one of the great things about being a chef is being able to learn and share that passion about food from and with others.

Create goes mobile

09 July 2012

This weekend we unleashed the Create mobile food experience™ at Unity Day in Hyde Park, Leeds

Raindrops and rounder’s

14 May 2012

After a pretty busy couple of weeks I have just recovered from two great, but very different events.

Restaurant invasion

13 April 2012

We have “adopted”Year Four of Saltaire primary school in Bradford and over the last three months have visited the school and delivered two sessions to two classes of 30 pupils on taste and flavour, where the pupils learnt about taste, how to use their palate and recognise different foods and flavours, as well as experimenting with food groups and finding out where food comes from.

Manchester 3 Diet 0

13 March 2012

We all remind ourselves that our trainees are great individuals who show enormous potential every day but this day put that fact in sharp focus…

Rhubarb, beer & brass

27 February 2012

We made our way to Wakefield town centre, to the now well established and wonderful food and rhubarb festival…

Going back to the source

13 February 2012

Last Tuesday we had a great foodie day with the team from the night before, with visits to great suppliers…

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Create and the future

23rd March 2013

Social Enterprise Create, today announced that it has found a backer to support it through its period of restructuring. Ged Syddall, who has been a Non-Executive Director at Create for over a year and has already invested in the enterprise, has now agreed to take full control of the operation to help develop its business into the future.

Restaurant to be refurbished for more training

8th February 2013

Create started six years ago, training people from vulnerable backgrounds, helping them find a path back into work and in the process to get their lives back.

UK’s best ethical restaurant

21st October 2012

Create today are celebrating winning the Observer Food Monthly Ethical Restaurant of the Year Award. For the people at Create it seems a long way from the back kitchen of a night shelter five years ago, but the passion that sparked that journey still burns as bright today.