Leeds vegan cafe looking to expand

NO BEEF: India Silvani-Jones has launched a campaign to spread her business idea.
NO BEEF: India Silvani-Jones has launched a campaign to spread her business idea.
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Growth in veganism is showing no signs of slowing down as more and more people begin to realise that choices aren’t as limited as made out, according to a vegan chef looking to set up a new restaurant.

India Silvani-Jones has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help her get her cafe, The Jungle Kitchen, off the ground.

Ms Silvani-Jones is on a mission to show that veganism isn’t a closed-off sub group and that making dietary changes doesn’t mean sacrificing good food.

“I want veganism to be more accessible to everybody,” the Leeds-based chef told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I don’t want people to think it’s a closed-off group people.

“I want it to be about good food. It just happens to be vegan.”

The chef is hoping to 
raise £3,000 through a crowdfunding campaign and will 
borrow the rest to help her get The Jungle Kitchen up and running.

However, Ms Silvani-Jones says she hopes to exceed that target, as “every little I don’t borrow, it gives it a better chance of being successful”.

For the past two years the chef has been going around the region hosting pop-up cafes and supper clubs at her home.

The Jungle Kitchen will host workshops teaching people the foundations of vegan cooking.

The restaurant will be based in north Leeds and Ms Silvani-Jones has looked at a few potential premises.

“I’m hoping to have around 30 covers in the cafe,” she said.

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