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Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

Throughout the last five or so wintery months we’ve been cooking up storms to raise awareness of just how much food is wasted in the UK and what we can all do to help reduce it.

If you can visualise the Wembley Stadium and just how big it is, then you might start to visualise how big an issue food waste really is. Every year, UK residents throw away enough food to fill the Wembley Stadium about seven times. Seven times. That’s a lot.

Student's at Goldsmith's University learn new cooking skills.

Student’s at Goldsmith’s University learn new cooking skills.

When we received funding from Recycle for London, Lewisham Council set out to reach as many of its residents in a practical and fun way, teaching them simple every day steps in how to reduce food waste.

All in all we attended the Fresher’s Fayre event at GoldsmithsUniversity where we also held 9 of the 14 cooking classes that we put on. These cooking classes helped students gain more confidence with cooking, especially when using up left-over food and helped them understand how to store food so that it’d last many days longer. Other classes were held throughout the community too.

A hive of activity as everyone get's stuck into some serious cooking.

A hive of activity as the students get stuck into some serious cooking.

Here’s some feedback from the students…

“…it’s so easy to make pizza dough from scratch and so good for using up left over veg or anything…”

“…I learnt that there’s no need to peel vegetables, just wash them well and that you can use the outside leaves of cauliflower and even the stem!…”

“…I didn’t know there were so many uses for black bananas – and I learnt that my freezer is my friend!…”

We also held 3 public cooking demonstrations at Deptford and Brockley markets and at the Tesco Superstore in Lewisham where people passing by were able to taste some yummy dishes and get some great food saving tips. On top of all this we also attended several primary schools to present the idea of loving food and hating waste within their classes.

Tesco customers get a sample of free food and learn some LFHW cooking tips as well.

Tesco customers get a sample of free food and learn some LFHW cooking tips as well.

If you were one of the 700 people involved in either our classes, workshops, demonstrations and information stalls, THANK YOU for joining us and we hope we’ll see you next time as we had a great time doing running the campaign too!


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‘Celebrity’ European Week of Waste Reduction

Whilst it might not be the most glamorous and exciting name for a week that aims to raise awareness about waste, this year we are at least bringing some celebrity to Lewisham High Street.

On the 21st November, Richard Fox, TV chef and beer expert will be giving a demonstration of his cooking skills and showing people recipes that that will help them to reduce food waste within the home. Richard has had his own beer and food show on BBC1 Look North and was a regular chef on BBC 2’s Food Poker. He is the regular beer chef on The Food Channel’s Market Kitchen.


Richard Fox has been talking, demonstrating and presenting at beer events around the world for the last few years. His lively and inspirational style makes him a show favourite. His TV and media work in the field of beer and food have brought critical acclaim.

 His first book, The Food and Beer Cook Book was published by Senate in 2006, and was also launched inAustralia by Marshal Cavendish. Channel 4 then commissioned a three part series based on Richard’s beer and pub exploits with Men Behaving Badly star, Neil Morrissey. He was also co-presenter with Neil Morrissey for an ITV series, which saw the dynamic duo travelling acrossAfrica.

 Richard has appeared on UKTV Food, Saturday Cooks on ITV, The Good Food Show on BBC Radio 4, to name but a few. He is currently touring the country performing cooking demonstrations for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign in theUK. (see youtube clip above).

 As well as Richard on the 21st, we will also have Leigh Adams on the 24thNovember. Leigh has been a chef for 10 years, living in the west midlands he has worked in some of its most prominent pubs and restaurants. As well as food demonstrations Leigh also has an outside catering company which he specialises particularly in what Leigh calls “good wholesome food”.

He enjoys using his cooking skills with a wide range of people and regularly works with disadvantaged groups showing them how to make their food budgets stretch as far as possible.

Leigh’s culinary skills are second to none and he is an advocate of the “love food hate waste campaign” He is passionate about the environment and loves to inspire people to help them come up with ingenious and creative ways of creating gastronomic master pieces from ordinary food.

 There will be a variety of recipes cooked throughout the day. The chefs will talk through how these are made, cooking and storage tips etc while handing out small tasting samples throughout the day. As one recipe is devoured by onlookers, a new recipe will be made up.

 They will demonstrate the ease of how a small number of ingredients and base foods can create different and exciting recipes without too much effort. The idea is to promote the using of the same ingredients to create a variety of recipes rather than to buy a wide range of ingredients that then can all too easily be left forgotten in the fridge. It not only promotes innovative ways to use up what ingredients the householder already has, but will also promote the reduction of waste and the saving of money and time.

 As well as the free samples of lovely cooked food being handed out, there will also be free recipe cards, spaghetti measurers and other freebies at the event.

 The event starts around 10.30am and will go through to 3pm The mobile kitchen will be set up near Lewisham market outside of the main entrance to Lewisham’s Shopping Centre.

 Everyone is welcome.