The Real Junk Food Project

Event Information

Date & Time: 20/09/2017 7:15 pm
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel Chester

Adam Smith is the founder and co-director of a visionary, multi-award-winning initiative called The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP).

The Club and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chester are joining forces in this innovative ‘Pay As You Will’ event, the first of its kind in Chester.

Established in December 2013 to revolutionise the disposal of avoidable food waste, the pioneering movement is simple but critical: Feed bellies, not bins.

First set up as a ‘warehouse/supermarket’ scheme, TRJFP has now started a network of ‘pay as you will’ cafes by diverting food destined for waste and using it to create nourishing and healthy foods. As with all the initiatives, customers are invited to pay for their meal in money or time or/and skills.

TRJFP already operates in Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as in Scotland, Wales and South England; and France, Germany and Australia

A professional chef for over 10 years, Adam Smith held a range of head chef positions, internationally. Whilst in Australia, he witnessed the scale of food waste, both agriculturally and within the food industry and on his return to the UK, together with his partner, Johanna, was inspired to set up TRJFP.

According to official sources, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – that’s approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted.

Adam Smith says,

Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s one in nine people on earth. We believe
that this has to stop, and it needs to happen in our lifetime, to ensure the next generation do not suffer from our ignorance.

Current plans are to open warehouses selling surplus produce in every city in the UK, with a ‘Fuel for Schools’ scheme directing surplus bread, fruit, vegetables from supermarkets to schools, where it is used to feed hungry schoolchildren. The food, which may otherwise have found its way to landfill, is used to feed 12,000 children a week.


NOTE: A customary 3-course Club dinner (preceded by an Arrival Drink) will be served at this event but in the spirit of the initiative, those attending this event will be invited to make a ‘pay as you will’ contribution for what they received. This enterprising approach is being facilitated by The Crowne Plaza Hotel. All surplus contributions will go to the TRJFP Foundation Charity and topped by a donation from the CBC Charity Purse.