Meet the men with their own Sub Cult

He’s worked as a director/producer, a TV presenter and comedian, now Ben Chancellor and his gastronomic friend Gareth Phillips are taking the sandwich world by storm.

The duo set up Sub Cult in 2014, serving gourmet US deli style sub-rolls from a shipping container in Whitecross Place and from their beloved van The Soul Roller at Brockley and Maltby Street markets.

Now they have queues out the door most days, a string of accolades under their belts and big plans to expand.

They met at a rave in a Welsh quarry in the 1990s and have been friends ever since. Gareth (‘Gaz’) went on to train as a chef and worked at Michelin-starred restaurants. Ben, who filmed pop-promos and presented the Endemol music show Beat, ditched his media career for more stable work in investment and PR.

He told The Local Buyers Club: “I became very ill with Crohn’s Disease and was off work for a year. It was awful but I’ve learnt to manage it with natural supplements, yoga, exercise and meditation. It forced me to revaluate; PR wasn’t making me happy.

“I love history, travel and music and was a diehard Mod at the time -we used to take our Lambrettas and go dancing, we were in the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and my wife and I were photographed in Marie Claire for a feature about Mod couples.

“Sub-cultures have always fascinated me. My dad was a Beatnik and when he and Mum had me they were hippies; I went to Glastonbury when I was two.