OKN1

Des McDonald Associates were approached by New City Collage, Hoxton to develop an all day restaurant used by college students for training and development and to offer the local community a window into cost effective home cooked cuisine. 

‘It’s being designed to “connect promising student chefs with like-minded professionals and open up New City College Hackney to inspirational opportunities in the hospitality world”. So they’ll have some students in the team who they’ll be hoping to give a boost as they enter the hospitality business. ‘- Gavin Hanly, Hot Dinners. 

OKN1 was  operated by Des McDonald Associates for a one year contract.

The kitchen is a broad, open space, its walls pasted with pictures of what plated dishes should look like. The students are learning that a life in restaurants is not primarily about expressing your passion in the kitchen. It’s not about going on a journey, or feeling the throbbing pulse of creation’s teat in the palm of your hand as mother nature proffers up its bounty.

Jay Rayner | The Guardian