Leeds newly-weds feed wedding guests with food destined for landfill

Gregg's donut tower for dessert on offer to the wedding guests.  PIC: SWNS
Gregg's donut tower for dessert on offer to the wedding guests. PIC: SWNS
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Newly-weds Cherie Harris and Jaimes Mainwaring used food destined for landfill to create a mouth-watering menu for 140 guests at their wedding reception.

The green-minded Leeds couple enlisted the help of food waste charity The Real Junk Food Project to create a menu made up entirely food heading for the bin.

TYING THE KNOT: Cherie Harris and Jaimes Mainwaring with Iona.

TYING THE KNOT: Cherie Harris and Jaimes Mainwaring with Iona.

The pair did not tell their guests who provided the catering for their wedding last Saturday, at their reception at the pretty East Keswick Village Hall.

Cherie, who worked as a carer until she went on maternity leave after the birth of their little girl, Iona, 15 weeks ago, said: “We wanted the food to speak for itself.

“We did not tell our guests what they were eating until the speeches.

“They were very surprised but also very impressed. The food was absolutely beautiful and really made our day. We could not have asked for anything better.”

In fact, the beauty of a spread delivered by the Real Junk Food Project (RJFP) is that the customer never really knows what they are going to get.

It is all down to the luck of what comes into the warehouse.

The RJFP food is collected from supermarkets, sandwich chains and fast food outlets, using food they would have to throw out because of their own health and safety regulations.

All this food is still perfect for human consumption and they are not breaking any laws by feeding guests with it.

Cherie, 36, and saxophonist James’, 29, who plays for the popular band Roller Trio, own menu featured a mix of veggie, vegan and meat feasts for their friends.