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Two Harrogate volunteers cook up a storm with Jamie Oliver

Two Harrogate volunteers cook up a storm with Jamie Oliver

Published at 7:14am 12th June 2019. (Updated at 7:56am 12th June 2019)

Two Harrogate volunteers take on Jamie Oliver cookery school to reduce food waste

  • A scheme that aims to reduce the amount of food going to waste after it's been donated to charity's underway.
  • Sarah Lancaster and Fiona Turnbull from Harrogate have taken part in the project.
  • The pair - who volunteer at the breakfast and lunch clubs at Woodlands Methodist Church - were invited to the Jamie Oliver Cookery School in London.
  • The scheme aims to teach more than 1,000 community cooks how best to use surplus food donations.

Two women from Harrogate have been taking part in a scheme that aims to reduce the amount of food going to waste after it's been donated to charity.

Sarah Lancaster and Fiona Turnbull were invited to the Jamie Oliver Cookery School in London in April.

They joined the project - launched between the TV chef and Tesco - which set out to teach more than 1,000 community cooks how best to use surplus food donations.

The pair volunteer at the breakfast and lunch clubs at Woodlands Methodist Church.

Jamie Oliver Cookery School - Tesco
Sarah Lancaster (right)

The charity cooking scheme helps community groups by offering training and advice on how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals out of surplus food donations. 

Tesco said one of the key aims of the programme would be to help community organisations cope with unusual or unexpected ingredients and large quantities of seasonal produce, using recipes designed by Oliver and Tesco’s development chefs. The supermarket annually donates 300,000 meals of surplus food to over 7,000 different community and charity groups.

Cooks were given free training on areas such as knife skills, nutrition information and how to make versatile base sauces, which can be adapted to complement a wide variety of donated foods.

Jamie Oliver Cookery School - Tesco
Cookery demonstrations

Sarah Lancaster told Stray FM:

"We had a day with people from other community cafes or homeless projects where we got to share our ideas and the operations that we put on. We also had some cookery training and knife skills, and we also produced a lovely lunch. We came away with so many ideas for meals for the breakfast and lunch clubs without wasting any food.

"The course has also inspired us to try and get as much nutrition in our food as well as passing on information to the children who attend breakfast club. Hopefully it'll go on to bigger and better things and we can try to reach the wider community."

Jamie Oliver - tesco

Speaking to The Grocer magazine back in January, Jamie Oliver said:

“It’s fantastic to join the work that Tesco and FareShare are doing to reduce food waste. I’ve written these recipes to arm all those amazing community cooks with the tools to create something delicious and balanced for people who need it the most. It is all about giving otherwise-wasted ingredients some love, and transforming them into tasty, nutritious meals.”

Jamie Oliver Cookery School - Tesco
Sarah and Fiona with the other cooks on the course