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Tom Hunt Tom Hunt eco-chef. culinary cooperator. good-time server.

Tom Hunt is a self acclaimed eco-chef and co-founder of Forgotten Feast, working on projects throughout the UK to revive our cooking heritage and help reduce food waste. [www.tomsfeast.com]

I live in a housing cooperative in London, so we’ve got a community here, in the sense that we live together democratically and share space with each other, hopefully in a friendly and cooperative way.

I’ve always had a strong community around me, even though I’ve always lived a sort of nomadic lifestyle. I spent 14 years traveling with music festivals every summer, in a clan where everyone worked and lived together day after day and then traveled on the road together. Even though we were in a new place every week, we still had our community around us. As a kid, I lived in various kinds of communities as well. I used to go to dance camps, which were like community festivals. Everyone got up for a morning meeting and people volunteered to cook and do all the various tasks needed.

Recently, I’ve been bringing the idea of community into my feasts, into the dining events I create. I design the logistics of the meal so that everyone eats at the same time – whether there are a hundred people or a thousand – and everyone shares food with each other. Everything is presented on the table, but with no individual plates. People pass things to each other and there’s conversation. Doing it that way breaks the ice.

When I started cooking, it was because I was extremely passionate about food. I’ve come to realize that a lot of what’s meaningful to me about cooking is the end result of giving the food to people and creating a dining situation that’s a communal celebration. The cooking I do is about making people happy and bringing people together. Those have become important aspects of my catering.

If you feel disconnected from a community, just join in somehow. Find someplace where people are working together, even like in a dance class, and join in. Or volunteer with a helping group, like at a soup kitchen. There’s always a sense of community in places like that.

When I get invited to dinner, I don’t really give a damn what the food is like. Even when I’m amazed to try out someone else’s creation and eat something I haven’t made before, mostly I’m just happy we’re all sharing the meal together.

– Tom Hunt

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