Fri 11th Dec 2009 17:05 | Back
Monday, 30th November, saw the launch of Jamie's 2nd Ministry of Food Centre – this time in Bradford.
Funded by both Regional Government grants from Local Government Yorkshire & Humber, Bradford Council and the local NHS, the Superb new Centre at 29 John Street is sited next door to the Oastler Centre, bang in the middle of the city.
Fantastically set out and equipped, the Centre will offer hands-on lessons in how to cook simple, nutritious and delicious Jamie recipes. Jamie has carefully designed the Ministry of Food course to take learners from simple egg recipes through to producing a stunning roast dinner for their friends and family – with a wealth of mouthwatering, wallet-friendly choices inbetween! The classes are led by the Centre's Project Manager, Soraya Overend, and her wonderful team and the Centre is open from 9.30-4.30pm Monday to Friday, with evening classes on Tuesday and a children's club on Saturday mornings.
The official opening of the Ministry Centre was a great event, as you can see below. The all-important task of cutting the ribbon fell to Kris Hopkins, Leader of Bradford City Council who has been active supporter of the Ministry of Food campaign since Jamie first invited him to see the Rotherham centre in action. He is delighted to see the Centre open in the city: "It's great to see this project coming to fruition because it has been a pipe dream for a while…I am looking forward to people in Bradford using this resource to make a real positive change in their lives."
Having declared the Ministry of Food open, Kris immediately rolled up his sleeves, donned his apron and took part in the Centre's first Pass it On event – a cook-off with John Chuter, Chairman of Bradford & Airedale NHS.
John and Kris were taught to cook Jamie's Quick Salmon Tikka by 15 year-olds Laura Wild and Ashleigh Wardman. Ashleigh and Laura were both inspired to continue cooking after meeting Jamie when he visited the Café West Community Centre during the filming of the Ministry of Food series.
Laura [left] and Ashleigh demonstrate Jamie's Quick Salmon Tikka
As you can see, they all cooked up a storm and the final results were delicious and very much appreciated by the whole audience who tucked in with gusto!
Unfortunately, Jamie was unable to make the launch due to filming commitments, but made an appearance with a video link. In wishing the Centre luck, he told everyone that, "the Ministry of Food Centre is going to be fantastic and I am very proud of being involved in setting this one, up as well as the first one in Rotherham. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Bradford Council which is as passionate about this project as I am. The public is going to love it to bits."
Having had such a great launch, I am sure the only way is up for the Ministry of Food, Bradford. Massive thanks are due to absolutely everyone who has supported the project so far and worked so hard to make it happen!
If you are passing John Street, why not check out the classes on offer and sign up? Alternatively, you can telephone the Centre on 01274 435 279 or check out the website and sign up online at: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/ministry_of_food
Phew! Launch over, Soraya Overend, Project Manager of Jamie's Ministry of Food, Bradford, shares a well-earned cup of tea with Lisa Taylor, Project Manager of Rotherham Ministry.
About the author: Camilla Cameron is the campaigns manager