Arthur Potts-Dawson

© Haraala Hamilton

© Haraala Hamilton

Arthur Potts Dawson is a Roux-trained chef, food writer and co-founder of The People’s Supermarket. His career has seen him be Head Chef at the River Café, Executive Head Chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant and re-launch Cecconi’s restaurant. The list goes on to include the Petersham Nursery Cafe, Kensington Place and Ronnie Wood’s Harrington Club.

In 2006, Arthur opened London’s first sustainable restaurant, Acorn House, complete with biodegradable water bottles and its own on-site wormery. Acorn House was twice picked as the Evening Standard’s Fay Maschler’s favourite restaurant of the year and was described by The Times as “the most important restaurant to open in London in the past 200 years.”

Arthur has since opened another sustainable restaurant, The Waterhouse near London’s Victoria Park, in his continuing passion for eco-friendly cooking.

In 2010 Arthur set up The People’s Supermarket, which opened in Holborn staffed solely by local residents with the purpose of keeping costs low and food affordable, while remaining friendly to both the buyer and the producer. In 2011, Channel 4 aired a documentary about The People’s Supermarket, with Arthur as the star.

Arthur’s first book, THE ACORN HOUSE COOKBOOK, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2008, and his second cookbook, EAT MORE VEG, followed in 2012 and was published by Mitchell Beazley.