English Waste Authority Launches Cookery Club

10/05/2012 - West London Waste Authority (WLWA) is preparing its first ever Let's Get Cooking club to teach people how they can reduce food waste. As part of a campaign to get people cooking in a more sustainable way, a total of 20 different clubs will be rolled out over a 12-month period and will cover all six partner boroughs - Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Harrow, Ealing and Brent.

Led by the School Food Trust, the Let's Get Cooking programme has been running for five years. It focuses on teaching children and adults how to cook healthy meals from scratch.  The WLWA will adapt the scheme slightly in order to target students, young families and individuals starting out in their first jobs.

In June 2012, Let's Get Cooking staff will start recruiting volunteers from across the community to come forward and help lead the project. According to Cat Sheppard, Let's Get Cooking manager for the London area, it will be a huge learning curve for everyone involved. Club members will learn new skills while the club leaders will gain valuable experience in what may be a brand new field. If you would like to participate, but are not a fully-qualified expert, do not fret: anyone who has an interest in cooking and would like to become an active part of their local community is welcome. So Let’s Get Cooking!

Club meetings will cover a range of topics: alongside cooking, carefully planned sessions will educate on the importance of food hygiene, food preparation, healthy eating and how to help fussy eaters try new foods. Members will also be given practical advice and support on how to preserve leftovers safely and how to turn them into new meals.

To find out more about what you can do to reduce food waste, have a look at Pre-waste’s good practice Love Food Hate Waste.