Across our range of classes, courses and events at Leeds Cookery School our teachers promote and talk about seasonal ingredients, local sourcing and the importance of eating ethically and sustainably.
Our ingredients are sourced from Yorkshire wherever possible and we always use sustainable seafood and free range eggs. We order small quantities to minimise wastage and always consider the food miles travelled by our ingredients. We mention local food producers during our classes and where possible display where e.g. ‘today’s meat…’ is from. We endeavour to run seasonal classes based on maximum use of fresh local ingredients and discuss alternatives within class. We hold regular Meet the Producer events, and work with Fairshare Yorkshire to use food that would otherwise go to waste, which has been donated by producers and supermarkets.
We endeavour to minimise plastic usage and source recycled sundry products where available.
Leeds Cookery School donates 100% of its profit into Zest, a local Leeds charity supporting people living in disadvantaged areas of Leeds. In partnership with Jamie’s Ministry of Food Leeds and Zest’s Community Development Team LCS has committed to running a selection of affordable community cooking activity throughout the year, enabling low income families and vulnerable people to access basic cookery skills and cookery clubs which address social isolation.
Zest is an independent not-for-profit organisation and registered charity which offers support and opportunity to people living in disadvantaged areas of Leeds. We aim to address health inequalities and social isolation through activities which improve physical, mental, social, emotional and economic wellbeing. The organisation has its roots in East Leeds, but now works citywide.
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Leeds is an evidence-based 8-week cooking course which gives people basic cooking skills, healthy eating information and support with shopping and budgeting. Established in 2010 it is operated by Zest in partnership with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, and funded by Leeds City Council’s Public Health directorate. The main MOF cookery centre is located in Leeds Kirkgate Market, but the project runs outreach courses at Leeds Cookery School.
More information from Ministry of Food Leeds on 0113 242 5685.
We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in working in partnership with us to access or develop classes and group activities. Give us a call on 0113 323 7700 to explore the possibilities or arrange a visit.
We’re keen to broaden our range of classes, so if you are a freelance chef or cookery tutor with an idea for a speciality class or demonstration please get in touch to discuss the opportunities.
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