Free family cooking course set to return to Stevenage this month

PUBLISHED: 15:14 04 March 2019

Stevenage FC Foundation's Community Kitchen is set to return. Picture: Stevenage FC Foundation

Stevenage FC Foundation's Community Kitchen is set to return. Picture: Stevenage FC Foundation

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Stevenage FC Foundation’s Community Kitchen project is set to return to help families rediscover the fun of cooking.

Stevenage FC Foundation's Community Kitchen is set to return. Picture: Stevenage FC FoundationStevenage FC Foundation's Community Kitchen is set to return. Picture: Stevenage FC Foundation

The foundation has teamed up with Stevenage Borough Council, the Co-op and North Herts College to launch the second instalment of the free eight-week course.

The first session starts on Saturday, March 16, running from 3.30pm until 6pm.

Designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the community, Stevenage FC Foundation’s healthy lifestyles officer Hannah Marsh explained more, saying: “Getting people thinking about ways in which they can make subtle tweaks to their time in the kitchen and enjoy cooking as a family is something we feel can have a big impact in the town.

“This isn’t a weight loss or physical exercise programme, just simply about coming together as a family and enjoying an activity that we all do every day.

Stevenage FC Foundation's Community Kitchen is set to return. Picture: Stevenage FC FoundationStevenage FC Foundation's Community Kitchen is set to return. Picture: Stevenage FC Foundation

“There’s a fantastic social element to it as well, getting families socialising with other families while taking part in a fun and friendly activity.

“The support we’ve had so far from the partners of the programme has been phenomenal and unprecedented for a new project of ours.

“We’ve received funding from Public Health Hertfordshire, SBC and individual councillors, as well as great support from the Co-op and North Herts College with creating the content. We’re really excited to get started.”

As well as sharpening culinary skills, people will also be given tips about how to cut down on sugar, plan meals and get your five-a-day.

Stevenage Borough Council’s sport and wellbeing manager, Joe Capon, is full of praise for the project.

“The Community Kitchen is a great local project,” he said.

“It’s not just about helping families to eat well and improve their cooking skills, it’s also about bringing the social aspect of meal times into family life – so families can reconnect over a nutritious meal and spend quality time cooking it together.

“It’s also educational for the children as they can get stuck into the food preparation and increase their knowledge and interest in where ingredients come from and how they go together.

“With so many demands on family life now it’s sometimes hard to find the time to cook fresh all of the time but, with the right know how and a small budget, families can have a healthy meal on the table in 20-30 minutes.”

To book your place visit stevenagefcfoundation.com/Event/community-kitchen-march-19.

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