hello, we're fodder pop-up
fodder is pop-up dining concept created by chef michael thompson and developed in partnership with ollie downey and co-founders jenny novitzky and louise stapley.
fresh from Fera @ Claridge’s, michael and ollie create the fodder menus through their shared passion for local, seasonal ingredients and produce found growing in the wild. they came together under simon rogan and dan cox while at Fera, believing in the ideals of the restaurant but wanting to make it more available to everyday diners. fodder is designed to educate and enlighten diners, introducing them to a more sustainable model of fine dining, offset with comfortable familiarities.
at the heart of our ethos is a desire to work closely with its suppliers and collaborators, aiming to shout about them wherever and however we can.
michael was awarded the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Award of Excellence in 2015, as well as qualifying for the regional finals of The Roux Scholarship. previously to Fera, he worked for jason atherton at Pollen Street Social and at The Grosvenor House Hotel.
ollie trained at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and Le Gavroche before working at Fera @ Claridge’s. his French background and modern British techniques earned him success in the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Award of Excellence and in the Roux Scholarship.
louise has a background in hospitality and now splits her time between fodder and working as a freelance food writer and content creator, helping some of the UK's biggest food brands, small businesses and chefs boost their presence and brand identity.
jenny has developed and produced events ranging from film shoots and theatrical productions to festivals, as well as organising food and training events for corporate clients. she is currently a freelance events producer and a culture and travel writer.