Cooking up a storm with Central Street Cookery School

A cookery school making a difference to local low income families and older people living alone. 

Family Cook and Eat

Central Street Cookery School comes to life on a Wednesday evening when the ‘Family Cook & Eat’ workshop takes over the kitchen. Professional chefs teach a menu based on the fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy produce that arrive in the weekly FareShare delivery. One week it might be roast pork with pear puree, another spicy spinach curry.

Parents, carers and children from 4 to 14  come together to chop, stir and learn about cooking healthily. Without FareShare, the sessions could not happen.

“Cooking can be a catalyst”

Cookery School Manager Sofia Larrinua-Craxton explains “because of FareShare, we can now open up the workshops at a low cost to low income families. Through cooking and sharing food together, we see parents and children interacting better with each other, as well as with other families.

The School also offers classes to older adults in transition, perhaps unemployed or recently widowed, many of who live alone. Sofia explains “it makes people get out the house. Food brings them here and then they find there’s a real social aspect to it. It can make a difference, especially to people who are recently bereaved. After a few hours cooking, people begin to chat and you see them relax. Cooking can be a catalyst.”

Children cooking with mum, Central Street Cookery School. James Darling. (8)

Try Central Street Cookery School’s recipe for Kirmizi Mercimek Corbasi, a spicy lentil soup.
Dad cooking with kids, Central Street Cookery School. James Darling. (22)

Central Street Cookery School has been running for two years and is part of the 300 year old St Luke’s Trust. It has recently been twice awarded as best community focused cookery school making it the best of its kind in the UK.

Family cooking workshop, Central Street Cookery School. James Darling. (27)  

Read more stories behind meals

Share This