Big Zuu’s Big Eatery! BAFTA-winning star launches new food waste pop-up restaurant

Big Zuu's Big Eatery

6th October 2023

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  • Big Zuu and entertainment channel Dave launch food waste restaurant, "Big Zuu's Big Eatery", open to the public on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October in London's Covent Garden
  • Menu based on the food Brits are most likely to waste including vegetables, bread and yogurt
  • 93% of adults admit to being concerned about the amount of food they waste and yet 63% still throw away food at least once a week
  • On average Brits throwaway £18,600 worth of food in a lifetime with 8 Olympic-sized pools worth of veg thrown away monthly by UK households monthly
  • Restaurant launch coincides with new series of Big Zuu's Big Eats airing on Dave and UKTV Play now

Entertainment channel Dave has announced the launch of a new pop-up restaurant - Big Zuu's Big Eatery which promises to serve up a delicious three-course dinner based entirely on the food Brits are most likely to waste.

The restaurant is the brainchild of award-winning chef and presenter Big Zuu and was created in response to new research which reveals that a huge 83% of us admit to wasting food on a regular basis. The project aims to educate the public on recycling unused food items to help reduce waste.

TV channel Dave surveyed 2,000 British adults to shine a spotlight on the nation's food waste revealing that two thirds (69%) of us throw out food because it's too much effort to make new meals from leftovers, while 87% admit they regularly forget about the items they've bought until they've gone off.

Menu items curated by Big Zuu, which will be available at the restaurant, include salted cod & monkfish croquettes with tzatziki and focaccia dough marinara pizza with "romesco" sauce. Top 10 most wasted food items:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Bread
  3. Yogurt
  4. Milk
  5. Fruit
  6. Eggs
  7. Cheese
  8. Chicken
  9. Fish
  10. Bacon

The research from Dave found that more than two thirds of respondents (67%) struggle when trying to create meals from leftover food.

Brits throwaway £18,600 worth of food in a lifetime, with over 1 billion eggs discarded annually. On average, 8 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of vegetables are chucked out by households a month, whilst a fifth of apples bought are never eaten.*

Big Zuu said,

Food waste is a huge issue in the UK and I want to help people reduce their waste by creating delicious meals from the stuff they might be about to throw out! Forget your tired, boring attempts at leftovers, because I'm about to show you how to spice up those everyday ingredients you forget to use. Come down to my new joint and experience the peng eats we've created that are sure to awaken your tastebuds.

The pop-up celebrates the launch of series four of the BAFTA award-winning TV series Big Zuu's Big Eats airing on Dave and UKTV Play now. The new episodes feature guest stars such as TV host Jonathan Ross, Brit and MOBO award-winning rapper Aitch and footballing legend and sports commentator Alex Scott.


1. Focaccia dough marinara pizza with "romesco" marinara sauce & fried capers (v+)

Wasted ingredients: Fruit, Bread

2. Salted cod & monkfish croquettes with tzatziki

Wasted ingredients: Yogurt, Fish, Vegetables

3. Aubergine toastie with roasted tomato aioli (v+)

Wasted ingredients: Fruit, Vegetables, Bread

4. "Buffalo" chicken shawarma with blue cheese sauce and apple slaw

Wasted ingredients: Fruit, Cheese, Chicken

5. Roasted squash cauliflower tagine with a green salad (v+)

Wasted ingredients: Vegetables

6. Apple & Berry Crumble with Greek yoghurt ice cream (vegan optional depending on ice cream)

Wasted ingredients: Fruit, Yogurt

Cherie Hall, Dave channel director said

To mark the kick-off of series four we wanted to bring the dynamic, infectious and creative essence of the show to the public through a culinary pop-up experience that's got Zuu, Tubsey and Hyder written all over it.

"Big Zuu's Big Eatery" will be open for business in London's West End tomorrow, Friday 6th October 2023 and Saturday 7th October 2023. A limited number of tickets will be available via Eventbrite to book on Friday 6th at 12:00pm.

  • Location: Maison Bab, 4 Mercer Walk, London, WC2H 9FA
  • Dates: Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2023
  • Times: Open from 6pm, for a 2-hour bookable table
  • Tickets: Free, limited tickets available on Eventbrite

All four series of Big Zuu's Big Eats are available to watch here on UKTV Play now.


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For more information, please contact: Catriona Barnard,

Notes to Editors

Research provided by 3Gem in survey of 2,000 UK Adults September 2023.

Calculations worked out according to the number of households in the UK (28.2million according to ONS, 18 May 2023.,There%20were%20an%20estimated%2028.2%20million%20households%20in%20the%20UK,2012%20(26.6%20million%20households).


According to the research on average Brits throw away 3 eggs a month. Equivalent to 36 eggs a year. 28.2million households x 36 = 1,015,200,000

Overall food costs:

Brits throw away, on average, £25 worth of food a month. The equivalent of £300 a year. Considering average adult life time as 18 - 80, £300 x 62= £18,600


Brits throw away an average of 7 vegetables a month according to the research 26,180,000 average-sized oranges can fill up an Olympic sized pool (the equivalent to vegetables

28.2million x 7 = 197.4 million vegetables thrown away a month

197.4m / 26.18m avg sized oranges = 8 Olympic sized pools worth

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