Celebrity chef Momma Cherri is to set up a new restaurant in Brighton that will double as a community centre.
The restaurateur, real name Charita Jones, will open Momma Cherri's Speakeasy at the end of October in Providence Place, Brighton.
In August she was forced to close her original Brighton restaurant Momma Cherri's, which was featured on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and was one of the show's biggest success stories. Her plans are that the new restaurant will also act as a community centre.
Although Jones admitted to financial problems after the closure of the restaurant, the celebrity chef told Brighton's Argus newspaper she does not need money to make her happy: "My whole ethos is about giving back to the community. I know what it is like to be poor. I am still poor, but I am rich in heart. It is about being able to be poor and not bitter, and to learn that if you work within the community, you do not need riches to be happy."
By Kerstin Kühn
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