Breen Centre takes part in Community Cookery School

Over the last few months, community cooks across Northern Ireland have been teaching people to cook healthy, balanced, and affordable meals as part of Tesco’s Community Cookery School, in partnership with Jamie Oliver and food redistribution charity FareShare.

The second phase of the Community Cookery School was launched earlier this year to help train community cooks in delivering helpful and practical cooking skills to families in their communities. Easy recipes like veggie chilli, tinned salmon fishcakes with veggie slaw, and veggie soup with eggy muffins encouraged the addition of more vegetables into everyday scratch meals.

One organisation in Armoy that availed of the cookery school was the Breen Centre.

Because of pandemic restrictions, the virtual lessons were streamed online from February to May, with the lessons developed and delivered by Jamie Oliver-trained community cooks and nutritionists.

The courses covered knife skills and basic nutrition, as well as offering recipes that can be adapted to complement a wide variety of foods typically donated to food banks.

The Breen Centre wrote on their website: “Our Collect and Share Project Coordinator and community volunteer Darran Wallace was on hand to learn from the best in the business to deliver his own masterclass demonstration to community members who were involved in the project. We had a total of 15 families engaged and taking part in the virtual demonstration which was a huge success.”