Free Healthy Cookery Course For Knowle West

A free cookery course will be starting at Inns Court in May to teach local people using the Food PLUS Centre to cook healthy meals within a budget.

Run by local charity the Matthew Tree Project (TMTP), the Cook Smart, Eat Well course has been funded by a £9,960 grant from Santander and will run at one of six different centres across Bristol every month.

Mark Goodway is Director and founder of TMTP, which works to tackle poverty and ‘transform lives’.

He says: “…We know that a healthy diet of food is essential for overall health and happiness and therefore this course is an essential element of what is needed to help local people into a better way of life.


“The course is conducted in a socially relaxed, friendly and engaging manner, helping to make friends and enjoy a socially positive time together. We learn together, cook together and eat together.”

The eight-hour course which will run over two days is designed by TMTP and a qualified nutritionist and chef.

It will teach core skills such as cooking from scratch and stretching a daily budget, with ingredients provided by the Food PLUS Centre. Only hobs will be used on the course, as with rising energy prices, many people cannot afford to use their ovens.

Nine people can attend one of the centres each month and it is hoped further funding will help the course continue after 2014.

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By Community Reporter Mason Bean