Tesco Community Cookery School goes on the road with a little help from Jamie Oliver

In partnership with Jamie Oliver and FareShare, Tesco’s Community Cookery School will be hitting the road from this month, helping to teach over 1,000 community cooks on how to make the most out of surplus food donations to help stop good food going to waste.

Since the launch of the initiative in January, over 250 community cooks have now attended one of the courses with all of them saying how they feel more confident in cooking with surplus food.

Throughout the rest of year, Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver will be using in store community spaces, allowing charities from every UK region to get involved and benefit from the initiative. Each store will hold 2-3 courses over the duration of a four-week period.

Stores involved include:

  • Lincoln Extra: 7, 10, 17, 24 June
  • Salisbury Extra: 1, 8, 15, 22 July
  • Hayes Extra: 29 July, 5, 12, 19 August
  • Swansea Extra: 2, 9, 16, 23 September
  • Glasgow St. Rollox Extra: 30 September, 7, 14, 21 October
  • Coventry Arena Extra: 28 October, 4, 11, 18 November

The training will be carried out by Chris Clyburn, former Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food chef, who will teach community cooks everything from knife skills to nutrition, to recipes for versatile base sauces. Customers in store will also have the chance to sample some of the creations as well as take home recipe cards to have a go themselves.

Jamie Oliver said:

“It’s fantastic to roll out the Cookery Schools initiative in stores across the UK, working with Tesco and FareShare to reduce food waste. I’ve written 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’s all about giving otherwise wasted ingredients some love, and transforming them into tasty, nutritious meals. For me, every dish we cook that reduces food waste is a winner!”


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