Young people taking part in the How To Be A Chef training programme have been experiencing life in the kitchens of some of Bristol’s best known food businesses.
They are very committed to the course and all recently passed their Level 2 Food and Hygiene Certificate with flying colours. As Letisha explains: “I come back every week because I like cooking. And it’s given me something to do, otherwise I’d be stuck at home. I just wish it was on more days of the week.”
“It just astounds me how much we cover in a day when we do this course,” adds Josh. “I feel valued. If I have a question, if I want to know something, people respect that and actually try to give me answers.”
Culinary techniques covered in the course include baking, bread making, working with dairy, cheese and eggs, and preserving and pickling. Most of the learning is done in the Square Food Foundation’s kitchen at The Park in Knowle West and out and about at places like Chew Magna’s Community Farm.
As Will says: “It’s one of those things where you go from knowing nothing to knowing something. It’s such a good feeling when you know something.”
If you are aged between 16 and 25 and have an interest in food and cooking, register your interest for the next How To Be A Chef, starting April 2019, by visiting www.squarefoodfoundation.co.uk/how-to-be-a-chef