Delivering a rainbow of flavoursome veggies and grains, Whole StrEAT founder Kris Malinowski is shattering salad stereotypes with his vegan and vegetarian dishes.
We sat down with Greenwich’s own healthy food aficionado, Kris Malinowski, to discuss his passion for sharing sustainable food with others. Born and raised in a small village near Warsaw, Poland, the socially-conscious chef grew up eating what many crave in cold weather: substantial meat-based dishes. But after completing a course in nutrition, studying at Jamie Oliver’s Brighton cookery school and adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, Kris sought to design salads that are both fresh and filling – perfect for the similarly chilly London weather.
Equipped with bright ideas and boundless enthusiasm, Kris set up shop at Woolwich Market in 2015, where we first had the pleasure of meeting him. As someone who strives to use seasonal ingredients, buy from sustainable suppliers and pay mind to the environment, Kris soon realised his values aligned with those of GCDA’s Good FiG programme. In an effort to further develop his business acumen and make his Whole StrEAT dream a reality, Kris enrolled in GCDA’s training courses, where he gained the additional skills required to bring the freshest, healthiest, most sustainable food to Greenwich residents and visitors.
Kris opened up about his experience with GCDA, explaining, “GCDA helps me feel reassured that I have a support network. I feel as if they are always there to support me and give me advice if I need it. Starting a business can be daunting, but with GCDA, I feel like I’m not on my own.” Since taking the leap and founding Whole StrEAT, Kris has become a mainstay at Greenwich Market, hosted countless Supper Clubs across London, and started planning to open his own cafe, where he hopes to entice people to try vegan and vegetarian food.
Kris still finds GCDA’s training to be particularly useful as he continues to grow his business, giving him the tools he needs to successfully strategise, network and implement a business plan. He also tells us that the Good Food in Greenwich partnership is helping him move toward his ultimate goal: making healthy food affordable and accessible to all (and making people happy in the process).
Who doesn’t crave a dose of happiness? Stop by Whole StrEAT’s Greenwich Market stall and grab yourself some turmeric-spiced rice, beetroot hummus or Kris’s latest creation, watermelon, crumbled feta and mint salad. You’ll be sure to leave the market smiling.
Follow Whole StrEAT on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wholestreat, or contact Kris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kris is always willing to chat with enthusiastic foodies who share his dream of making the world a better place, one veggie dish at a time.