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Teenagers from across the Youth Zone network can now get essential life skills thanks to the help of Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food. Ministry of Food is a practical and hands-on community-based cooking programme that teaches young people how to cook from scratch.
For me, Ministry of Food is the most important project I’ve ever done.
Jamie Oliver MBE, www.jamiesministryoffood.org
The project will be piloted in the following 8 Youth Zones: Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Wigan, Wirral, Warrington and Wolverhampton; working with young people living in communities experiencing high levels of social and economic deprivation and disadvantage.
All classes use Jamie Oliver recipes and resources, specifically developed with nutrition and balance in mind, and aim to build an individual’s confidence to cook good, affordable, nutritious meals for themselves and their families.
The project will see tailor made cookery courses delivered at 4 Youth Zones across the North West teaching teenagers 10 Jamie Oliver recipes that will give them the skills they need to be able to produce healthy food from scratch.
Not only will they and their families benefit from a better diet they will gain confidence and vocational skills that will help them find work. They’ll learn a bit about the food they’re eating, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. Young people will gain confidence and skills in the kitchen that can help them find work.