Corin founded Real Junk Food Manchester in 2014 after meeting Adam Smith, the founder of the original Real Junk Food café in Leeds. Corin is a Project Manager and campaigner who has worked with the community, charity, public and private sectors on projects around sustainability, environment and food waste for 10 years.
She’s passionate about social justice and transforming our economic system. Corin works too much and has a lingering cheese addiction.
Chris saw something about Real Junk Food Manchester in the news in 2015 and signed up as a volunteer as soon as he got back to Manchester. He was a consumer researcher for many years but gave that up to become a full time Director of Real Junk Food Manchester in 2017.
Chris loves being involved in all aspects of the business from helping at events through to sanding and painting chairs.
He's also the reason that halloumi rarely makes it onto the menu...
Cal came back to Manchester last year after a six year stint managing chalets and a cafe in the French Alps.
After initially helping out in the kitchen, he found that running around the restaurant is much more suitable for him. Cal really enjoys the engagement with the local community and working with all the wonderful volunteers. He’s now hung up the snowboard and spends his free time baking.
Kel has done many interesting jobs: hotels, cafes and restaurants, security, English language teacher, tarot card reader ... but she's now settled running front of house at RJFM.
She's passionate about fighting food waste and moving towards a world where we create less waste in general, especially plastics .... having travelled around the world with a 12kg backpack in 2015/16 seeing the impacts of waste in places like India, Thailand and Mexico.
Her other lifelong passion is music and she's toured the world in various bands, singing and playing guitar and bass guitar. Her current band is called The Empty Page, they're on Spotify...
Matt joined Real Junk Food Manchester as Head Chef early in 2017 after 7 years of experience in kitchens around the globe. His calmness and creativity with food have made him the ideal person to lead a kitchen where the ingredients change daily...
He also painted the whole restaurant white, a fact he likes to remind us of whenever the opportunity arises.
After returning from working in the French Alps for the past 6 years Anna joined the team in September 2017 when the restaurant first opened on Oxford Street.
Anna trained from the age of 15 with the dream of becoming a TV chef. She’s passionate about travel and tasting cuisines from around the world, using this to recreate dishes with a junk food twist. Besides her love for food, her feline friends (Scampi + Chips) come in a close second.
Adrian joined the Real Junk Food Manchester team in September 2017, using his wealth of experience in retail and distribution to help develop a constantly evolving supply chain into a reliable source of ingredients.
A street food and craft beer enthusiast, Adrian’s hopes for the future include the outlawing of reverse parking and no further Director's versions of Star Wars!
Frankie is our volunteer coordinator. She initially volunteered at Real Junk Food pop up events and became passionate about the project. She volunteers at several different projects across Manchester from sports to arts events.
When the opportunity to get more involved with Real Junk Food appeared, Frankie jumped at the chance to join in. She has since given up cooking and relies on our chefs to keep her fed and happy. So far they are doing an awesome job.