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Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver has now trained 100 community cooks

Tesco is delighted to announce that 100 community cooks have been trained as part of Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver.

Since launching back in January, the scheme has made a commitment to train 1,000 community cooks by the end of the year on how to make the most of surplus food donations they receive from its redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection. Community Kitchen Manager, Anita Orchard, attended January’s first ever course on behalf of Burnley Community Kitchen, which supports those suffering with anxiety and depression, isolation and financial problems by providing a hot meal and some company to talk through any issues..

She said:

“It’s been a massive learning curve. The base sauces has been a revelation, as we get all sorts of weird and wonderful surplus food that is going out of date that we can’t necessarily put out in the foodbank. But now I know what I can do with it, and I can put that into any base sauces and make it and mix it up.

“I’ll definitely be teaching that to the volunteers and we’ll be able to freeze it and put into the foodbank as well as in the community café, so it’s been really useful!”

Regional rollout for community cooks

From June, Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver will be on the road visiting the Lincoln, Swansea, Glasgow St. Rollox, Salisbury, Coventry Arena and Hayes Extra stores. Customers visiting these stores will have the chance to sample the eggy bread muffin recipe, with local community groups also able to attend.

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