Tesco, Jamie Oliver and Fareshare will launch a UK wide cookery school to teach over 1,000 community cooks on how best to use surplus food and to stop food going to waste.
Tesco, who donate 300,000 meals of surplus food to over 7,000 different community and charity groups, says one of the challenges facing community cooks is how to prepare unusual or unexpected ingredients that might be donated as well as large quantities of seasonal produce.
Among the skills taught will be knife control, nutrition tips and recipes for versatile base sauces, which can be adapted to complement a wide variety of donated food.
Training will be free and attendees will receive free cooking equipment and a folder featuring Jamie Oliver’s food surplus recipes.
Tesco and Jamie Oliver will launch the school at the Goodinge Community Centre in Islington, London today (January 24), one of the community kitchens who accepts food donations from the supermarket chain.
Jamie Oliver said: ‘It’s fantastic to join the work that Tesco and FareShare are doing to reduce food waste.
‘I’ve written these recipes to arm all those amazing community cooks with the tools to create something delicious and balanced for people who need it the most. It is all about giving otherwise-wasted ingredients some love, and transforming them into tasty, nutritious meals. For me, every dish we cook that reduces food waste is a winner!’
Tesco CEO Dave Lewis added: ‘Surplus food donations can make a huge difference to people in need, but can also create challenges for community cooks faced with unexpected, unusual or large volumes of a particular product.
‘With Jamie’s help, we believe we can inspire, train and support charities to do even more with the donations they receive. Together, we can bring tasty and nutritious food to more people, in communities right across the UK.’
The programme will roll out across the UK throughout the year.