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PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 05 October 2010

Helen Burgess is in the spotlight

Helen Burgess is in the spotlight

Helen Burgess, 28 is a chef at Wild Cherry Café which opened on Globe Road in February last year. The café was first set up in the 1970s by the London Buddhist Centre, and operated under several different names before its latest rebranding. Wild Cherry sp

Helen Burgess, 28 is a chef at Wild Cherry Café which opened on Globe Road in February last year. The café was first set up in the 1970s by the London Buddhist Centre, and operated under several different names before its latest rebranding. Wild Cherry specialises in fresh, organic produce and is popular with customers of all ages.

Where are you from?

I'm from Norfolk originally, so I'm a country girl living in the East End.

What's the story behind the café?

It's a special place. It has been here since the 70s and there is still some Buddhist involvement, although I'm not a Buddhist myself. It used to be run by a team of women, until last year when we changed to a mixed team of workers.

What sets Wild Cherry apart from other cafes in the area?

We really care about food and put a lot of effort into making sure that ours is healthy and interesting. We try to provide a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and a nice experience for our customers. We've just started doing some great new fillings for our baked potatoes; I'd say they were probably the best thing on the menu at the moment, although the cakes are delicious too!

What do you like about living in the East End?

I love living here; it's such a diverse and interesting place! I like the proximity to the city, but also the fact that it's not directly in the city. Victoria Park is one of my favourite places, it's lovely in the sunshine. There is a great community atmosphere in East London and there's always something going on. I'm an artist, so most of my spare time is spent painting, and there is a vibrant arts scene here.

What don't you like about it?

It can be quite noisy at night, but that's the only thing that bothers me, otherwise it's fantastic!


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