Ministry’s budget for healthy eating

PUKKA: Jamie Oliver, with Lisa McLoughlin and manager Soraya Overend, on a recent visit to his Ministry of Food centre in Bradford

PUKKA: Jamie Oliver, with Lisa McLoughlin and manager Soraya Overend, on a recent visit to his Ministry of Food centre in Bradford

First published in Bradford Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Dozens of young people across the district will be learning how to make tasty nutritious food on a budget as part of a scheme in Bradford to mark Money Week later this month.

Eight schools are taking part in the project, which involves TV chef Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food in Bradford, and will provide training in the well-equipped food centre on John Street.

Bradford Council’s education business partnership has linked up with the Council-run centre to offer the course, which has been popular with schools.

From an initial offer of just a one-off one to two-hour session during Money Week, which begins on June 25, eight schools have booked courses in both June and July.

All those taking part will be trained by the centre’s staff, who will teach them how to chop their ingredients properly and safely, talk them through the ingredients, as well as teaching them about working to a budget.

Councillor Ralph Berry, the Council’s executive member for education and children’s services, said: “This is a great way to involve young people and teach them how to make the best of their resources and learn to cook.”

Catherine Halliwell from Bradford EBP said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people and gives them an insight into how to manage on a budget using healthy nutritious ingredients.”

Soraya Overend, Jamie’s Ministry of Food manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to work with young people in our wonderful facilities here in Bradford. We are very excited about being part of this initiative.”

Schools taking part include: Immanuel College, Belle Vue Girls’, Beckfoot School and Lidget Green, and Worth Valley, as well as Thorpe and Marshfield primaries.

In addition, the Council is marking Food Safety Week with a visit to the Ministry of Food centre today The team will also be dropping into a variety of other centres during the week to give advice and promote food safety on a budget which is the theme of this year's campaign.

New research published by the Food Standards Agency shows some people are taking more risks with food safety as they try to save money and make their food go further. It found some people are ignoring use by dates more than they used to, while others are keeping leftovers for longer than the recommended limit of two days in the fridge.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, the Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, said: “It is really important people get good advice about how to make their food last longer and go further without compromising food safety.”

The FSA’s advice on leftovers can be found online at food.gov.uk.

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