Video: Cookery courses offer a helping hand for Leeds families

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PARENTS have been stepping into the kitchen at Leeds Kirkgate Market to learn some top cookery tips.

A team of 10 families have been sponsored by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Family Intervention Service to attend the eight-week cookery course at Jamie’s Ministry of Food, so they can share their newfound skills with their families.

Claire Wright, 31, Andrew Thirling, 24, councillor Judith Blake and Theresa Francis, 23.

Claire Wright, 31, Andrew Thirling, 24, councillor Judith Blake and Theresa Francis, 23.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services, was also invited to attend the session.

Coun Blake said: “Not only does this programme offer the opportunity to learn how to prepare delicious, nutritious meals, which is a great way to keep our families fit and healthy, it also offers advice and tips on making the very best of your individual budget and shopping experience.”

She added: “It was fantastic to pop down to Leeds Kirkgate Market and see how the people in the Ministry of Food cookery programme are progressing.”

The Family Intervention service works across east and north east Leeds and aims to provide support to families with complex needs.

Top television chef Jamie Oliver, who has introduced the network of local food centres and cookery teachers across the country, said: “I was thrilled to hear that the guys at the Leeds Community Healthcare Family Intervention Service have helped a group to attend the Ministry of Food Centre.

“I always hoped that the Ministry would be open to everyone who wants to learn to cook, regardless of their circumstances.”

He added: “It’s hugely important that initiatives like this continue.”

During the session, participants cooked a fish stew with buttered spinach to demonstrate the skills they have learnt so far.

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