Jamie has right recipe for healthy lifestyles in Leeds

Jamie Oliver at the Ministry of Food in Kirkgate Market.
Jamie Oliver at the Ministry of Food in Kirkgate Market.
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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is helping to serve up healthy eating tips for people from deprived parts of Leeds.

A total of 125 subsidised places have been made available on an eight-week cookery course at the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Leeds centre at Kirkgate Market.

They will be given to people living in inner city postcode areas that are classed among the 10 per cent most disadvantaged in Leeds.

Places on the course will in some cases be free or just £1 per week, with attendees getting advice on creating healthy meals from fresh, market-sourced ingredients.

The offer is the result of a link-up between the Zest – Health For Life charity and Hammerson, the developer behind Leeds city centre’s Victoria Gate scheme.

Jon Brookes, community manager at Hammerson, said: “Building on the success of our healthy eating recipe book which we launched last year in partnership with Zest – Health For Life, Victoria Gate is pleased to be able to support another initiative alongside the charity that helps to promote the benefits of healthy lifestyle within the local community.”

Zest’s food projects co-ordinator, Simon Chappelow, said: “Each week, course participants can take home food that they’ve cooked, along with recipes and health information.”

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Leeds is funded by Leeds City Council and managed by Zest in association with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

It teaches basic cooking skills in a relaxed environment and also provides shopping and budgeting tips as well as healthy eating advice.

For details on how to apply for a cookery course place, ring Zest on 0113 240 6677 or e-mail admin@zesthealthforlife.org.