Mindful Chef

We're a health-focused food box company and since launching in 2015, we've shipped over 10,000,000 ingredients from incredible small farms across the UK.

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The name Mindful Chef embodies all that the brand aspires to be: mindful of the suppliers it chooses, mindful of the healthy ingredients it uses and mindful of the brand's impact on the environment.

At the end of 2017, the recipe box operation announced a partnership with the food charity One Feeds Two. For each meal sold, Mindful Chef donates one school meal to a child living in poverty. With more than 6 million meals donated to date, Mindful Chef is a pioneer of this “one for one” charity model.

The mid-size business is certified B Corp by the non-profit B Lab, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Mindful Chef recently became climate neutral and its next goal is to be the first 100% plastic-free recipe box by the end of 2021.

The company was set up in 2015 by three Devon school friends, who grew up on and around West Country farms, which is where their passion for top-quality produce started. Mindful Chef now has a team of 16, delivering tens of thousands of meals across the UK every week.

The company says that unlike some of its competitors' products, Mindful Chef boxes are gluten-free, dairy-free and contain no refined carbs. Providing a range of options to suit different lifestyles, it offers one-, two- and four-person boxes and caters for vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians and meat eaters. Smoothies, frozen meals and broths are also available.

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My Company

86% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The company has grown at an exponential rate during the pandemic thanks to the demand for its products. From a business perspective this was very encouraging, but it meant that at times colleagues felt under pressure and overwhelmed. More team members were brought in to alleviate this.

My Team

86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

As a forward-thinking business, Mindful Chef does not operate with physical servers. Instead, it uses cloud computing technology so that teams can effectively collaborate from anywhere in the world. During the pandemic, this meant there was limited impact on this aspect of day-to-day work.

Fair Deal

73% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

The company's Unafraid in Action initiative allows employees to pitch ideas of what they would do with four weeks' pay off work and how they could benefit the business or wider society. It will send up to four people a year on a four-week paid sabbatical, with £1,000 for expenses.

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