Training kitchen now open delivering cookery classes

July 2022

Our new Training Kitchen is now up and running.

The Kitchen will be delivering eight-week cookery courses, teaching people kitchen skills, essential recipes, budgeting and much more.

Our new chef/trainer, Mike, will be delivering classes from Jamie’s Ministry of Food programme, teaching recipes specially developed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a hands-on community cooking scheme that teaches people of all ages to cook from scratch. The programme has already been delivered to thousands of people worldwide, in a bid to increase skills and improve health and wellbeing.

Rosanna Bluett, Food Education Manager at Jamie Oliver, said: “We are excited to welcome Recycling Lives Social Enterprise to our Jamie’s Ministry of Food network and look forward to seeing the Preston community engaging with the programme. Having the knowledge and skills to be able to cook nutritious meals on a budget have never been more important and we hope the programme will support individuals and families across the region to achieve that goal.”

Alasdair Jackson, Chief Executive of Recycling Lives Social Enterprise, added: “We’re so proud to bring this offering to our area and organisation. Equipping people with the skills and confidence to improve their own lives and lifestyles is what we’re all about.
“The Training Kitchen will also link with our other programmes, opening up the cookery courses to participants being supported by our organisation, using food from the Food Redistribution Centre, and making use of our already-popular Community Café space.
“As Rosanna says, the timing couldn’t be better for helping people to better manage their finances and improve their health and wellbeing. We hope the classes will be a fun, educational and long-lasting investment for participants.”

Classes are accessibly priced, with concessions for participants in receipt of benefits, and run over eight weeks for 90-minutes at a time.

The Training Kitchen has been made possible thanks to £90,000 funding from FareShare UK, covering new kitchen equipment, and match-funding from our own operations for a full-time chef/trainer to deliver the classes.

To register for a course click here.

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