Until recently, Paul Foster was head chef of the highly regarded Mallory Court. But a few weeks ago he handed in his resignation and took to Kickstarter in a bid to achieve his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. If he reaches his target of £100,000 before 8 March he plans to open the venue, called Salt, in the heart of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.
By using a crowdfunding platform to secure investment, Paul hopes he can have total freedom in how he runs the kitchen and can get to work straight away, without having to worry about bank repayments. The rewards include tasting menus, brownies, private cookery lessons and even a Christmas party for forty people. We caught up with him to find out how the past few weeks have been, what sort of plan he has in place and why he decided to take the gamble. If he’s successful, we’ll be following Paul through every step of the process, right up to opening which he hopes will happen as soon as July.