London-headquartered plant-based restaurant chain Clean Kitchen Club has raised £2 million in funding from former McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, businesswoman and influencer Grace Beverley, former Quorn chairman Clive Sharpe, and founder of CleanCO Spencer Matthews.
The food tech startup had raised its seed round of £1.4 million in November last year. The company will use the new cash to open outlets in 40 new locations in the U.K., including Manchester and Brighton. The company plans to have five eat-in ‘clubs’ in 2022 and grow its catering business.
Founded in 2020 by Mikey Pearce and Verity Bowditch, Clean Kitchen aims to make plant-based cuisine more widely consumed. Without sacrificing flavour, the company wants to convert popular non-vegan foods to a 100 per cent plant-based diet.
Co-founder of Clean Kitchen Club, Verity Bowditch said: “The desire amongst the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, as well as fans of the brand, to invest in our company validates our determination to offer the public great tasting, sustainable protein alternatives. As more and more people start to realise the need to mitigate the impact that meat production is having on the environment, so they are demanding a fresh, dynamic solution that fits seamlessly into their lifestyle.”