Who We Are
Co-Director, Alison Aylen (MA, Oxford) is a former documentary writer & producer for the BBC and a freelance journalist. Co-Director Jenny Hewlett has a Masters degree (Emerson College & Tufts University) in Health Communications and has consulted for clients in the nutrition, non-profit and healthcare sectors including Children's Hospital Boston.
Alison and Jenny were part of the team that brought together UK celebrity chefs (including Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Valentine Warner, Rowley Leigh and Bill Granger) with Notting Hill families to create a successful charity cookbook called Fox Pot: From the Kitchens of Notting Hill. This community cookbook is sold in stores such as Waterstones, Amazon, Waitrose, Daunt Books and Whole Foods Market. Its first run sold out in under a month due to popular demand & was featured in national media publications.
Alison and Jenny formulated the idea for the Food Explorers programme when working in two local school gardens. The interest and engagement of students in food education & food growing in the schools was exceptional and they quickly realised that there was a marked impact on the food choices and well-being of the students living in this very urban environment. The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation supported the Food Explorers as it was impressed with the results and recognised the urgent need to address childhood obesity in local schools. As word of the programme spread it swiftly expanded and they were invited to become a core part of the RBKC’s Food Growing Schools plan. Since then they have expanded into Westminster and Camden and currently have a waiting list of interested schools.
Alison with MP Victoria Borwick at Breakfast Festival
Jenny awarding a prize to student at St Peters' Primary