The Clearing came up with the name and created the simple yet vibrant design system around it that brought together two figures from different worlds, each with their own tone, audience and personal ‘brand’. It was a case of finding the commonalities between them, which might not have been so easy with your average chef. However, with Kerridge it worked. “He’s very down to earth and very connected to his working-class roots,” Hubbard says. “He’s also a massive football fan. I think there’s good chemistry between them.”
Despite food poverty being very much a political issue, the campaign was designed to steer clear of that space and instead offer guidance to people whose lives and circumstances are often bandied about for political point scoring. “You don’t want to wrap that up in a way that’s in any way judgmental,” Hubbard says, highlighting that with this particular campaign, positivity is key.
Earlier this year, footballer Marcus Rashford and Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge joined forces for a new initiative in the fight against food poverty – an issue thrust into the spotlight during the pandemic, largely thanks to Rashford’s staunch campaigning and pressuring of the government regarding free school meals. The year-long initiative, named Full Time, features a selection of simple, accessible recipes and video tutorials, wrapped up in a campaign designed to remove the stigma surrounding food vouchers.
Hubbard also notes that there is a highly engaging wave of smaller causes such as Full Time, or activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion, that have emerged in recent years. He believes these newer grassroots initiatives in particular have embraced creative thinking when it comes to creating awareness and stirring change.