Mazí Mas is a social enterprise with four main aims:
- to provide women with an independent income;
- to develop women’s existing culinary skills in a professional setting, in order to give them the confidence, support, and practical
- experience necessary to start their own food businesses or gain employment in others;
- to reduce social isolation and foster community through collective enterprise; and
- to preserve women’s recipes and diverse cultural heritages, and celebrate these as what makes London unique.
Mazí Mas is inspired by Maria Maroulis, a Greek woman who lived in the United States for nearly twenty years. An extraordinary cook, her dream was to open her own bakery – but she was prevented from doing so by her husband, who had rigid ideas about what a woman ought and ought not to do. Maria’s warmth, generosity, and amazing food shape the ethos of Mazí Mas, as they do her dinner table.
Mazí Mas was founded by Nikandre Kopcke, a half-Greek, half-German gender specialist and chef. Nikandre gained her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE’s Gender Institute, and has worked with FoodCycle, social enterprise Rubies in the Rubble, and eco chef Tom Hunt of Forgotten Feast. She is passionate about the rights of migrants and refugees, and did a stint as a volunteer advocate at the Hackney Migrant Centre.
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About the team:
Bryony Walker – Welfare and Campaigning
Bryony joined the Mazí Mas team in September 2013 as the welfare volunteer, to provide support for our chefs. After working as a nanny, Bryony witnessed firsthand the abuse of migrant domestic workers and learnt how precarious employment can be for migrant and refugee women. She joined the team to channel her anger and passion into creating real solutions. Her love of food, community and women came from being the eldest of eight with an incredibly inspiring mother.
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Olivia Ouwehand – Social Media and Communications
Olivia (or Liv, as she likes to be called) joined the Mazí Mas team in October 2013, having just graduated from Oxford with a degree in English. She volunteers at the Hackney Migrant Centre, is currently applying for an MA in Gender Studies (which she hopes to begin in September 2014) and is a self-identified amateur foodie.
Carolin Goethel – Recruitment and Outreach
Carolin joined the Mazí Mas team in February 2014. The German-Polish food lover holds an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. Carolin volunteered as a detention centre visitor and is now responsible for recruitment and outreach at Mazí Mas. She is currently learning about permaculture and would eventually like to grow her own food.
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Mara joined the Mazí Mas team in April 2014. She holds an MA in Cultural Mediation and Documentation from Lyon University, France, and uses photography to explore questions of migration and community life. Leading art workshops with Roma women in France, she became acutely aware of the challenges that migrants face in Western Europe and the socio-economic, political and cultural barriers imposed particularly on women. She sees food as a democratic and delicious way of sharing culture, providing us with roots wherever we go.
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Ed joined Mazí Mas in April 2014 on his quest to understand and promote social enterprise in London. After completing internships over the summer, he will study an MSc in Social Policy at the LSE. He loves learning about food from around the world at Mazí Mas. Contact Ed if you’re interested in writing about or promoting Mazí Mas.
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Elena Silvestrini – Employment Support
Elena joined the team in June 2014. She holds a MSc in Gender, development and globalization studies from LSE’s Gender Institute. She has been involved in feminist grassroots organizations in Italy and has been working at Rosa, the UK fund for women and girls. Elena is responsible for supporting chefs’ professional aspirations and progression routes. She thinks that food resides at the core of communities and loves its evocative and cathartic power.
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