We sat down with Joanne, the Managing Director at Little Chefs Big Chefs to find out more about their fantastic work in the community, and how FareShare North East helps to support their organisation.
Little Chefs Big Chefs are a non-profit enterprise, whose work includes teaching children, young people, families and adults of all abilities how to cook for better health. The organisation also offers an Eco Market and Community Hub where staff and volunteers are on hand to offer more services to benefit the community.
Joanne spoke of how shocked she is to see the amount of perfectly edible foods from going to waste, which led her down to a path of investigation…to see how their organisation can repurpose the food and support the community. Through family cooking workshops, Little Chefs Big Chefs educates individuals and families on nutrition, sensory/selecting eating, create surplus food recipes, and encourages young people to fight climate change by thinking of ways to tackle food waste.
A welcoming community space
The community hub is also used as a warm space for those who are affected the most from the rising cost of living and a welcoming space for families and individuals to meet, play and get creative! The organisation offers not only family cooking workshops, but family support groups, maths training courses, craft groups and community socials…welcoming those of all ages with all abilities.
Eco market and recipe creations!
Little Chefs Big Chefs also distributes a book comprised of community surplus food recipes, and filled with exciting and inventive recipes is also sold to the public. We love the winter minestrone soup, courgette and ricotta fritters and especially the pumpkin spiced cake – used from a large amount of pumpkins provided by FareShare North East after the Halloween period! The Eco market is open twice a week, and ran throughout the Christmas period, providing lots of fresh and ambient products to those who need it most.
FareShare North East is passionate about supporting the fantastic work from organisations such as Little Chefs Big Chefs in the community. If you would like to find out more about the amazing work that they do, visit their website.