Arthur Potts-Dawson

Arthur Potts-Dawson


Chef at Mrs Paisleys Lashings



"At the heart of that I do in my business is the fundamental desire to do what I believe to be right, to be a part of London's environmental salutations rather than part of its problems, and London's problems are wide ranging and not easily solved. What I hope I am achieving is inspiration for future business owners and creating answers for existing ones."

The Project

‘The Peoples Supermarket’, is a not for profit co-operative supermarket, using the early days of the co-operative supermarkets in Britain as a model. Our ‘people’s supermarket’ is based on an existing scheme in Brooklyn New York that’s turned the for-profit business model on its head. The objective of The People’s Supermarket is to demonstrate that a co-operative, subscription and volunteer-based supermarket, offering food and non-food products, can successfully compete with and counter the market dominance and value offer of multiple operators.

About Arthur
Arthur Potts Dawson has been cooking for twenty one years. He started with a three year apprenticeship with the Roux brothers, worked with Rowley Leigh at Kensington Place for two years, with Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers at the River Café for four years, Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall and Pierre Khoffman both for a year. He worked as Head Chef at the River Café and went on to restyle Petersham Nurseries Cafe, re-launch Cecconi's restaurant, and to work as executive head chef for Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant.

In 2006 Arthur created two sustainably aware urban restaurants, Acorn House & Water House in London. Arthur is passionate about the variety of food on offer in towns and cities and created a menu of 'Modern London' cuisine for Acorn House that exemplifies the diversity of the city in which he was born.

Arthur wrote his first book The Acorn House Cookbook in 2008, and taught 10 young 'trainees' a year in sustainable catering at Acorn House. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Arthur represented England as Ambassador Chef at Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.

Arthur appears on the television show Market kitchen every week, is a guest chef on Saturday cooks, writes for the Guardian food/travel section and has worked on three shows for BBC Radio 4 food programme.

Arthur teaches Wing Chun Kung Fu, which he has practised for twelve years, has two young children and lives with his partner in North London.