Story by Camilla Cameron

The dedicated ladies working the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Centre in Rotherham were featured in a fantastic article in the The Guardian earlier this week. The newspaper’s Michele Hanson visited the Centre, and took part in a session learning to make Jamie’s delicious Quick Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yoghurt. She describes her lesson as “the best cookery class of my life”.

The paper was clearly impressed at how popular the centre is and how it attracts people from all walks of life and all sections of the community in Rotherham and how, in its words, “this gem of a place seems to be transforming lives”. The article also highlights the wonderful work that the Centre has been doing with the residents and carers from Voyage Homes who, like Jamie, recognise the especial importance of tasty and nutritious food for the sick and elderly, and who come to the Centre to learn just how easy it can be to get cooking – whatever your age! It particularly cites the case of 84 year-old Jeff. When his wife got sick and could no longer cook, they survived on tinned food. Jeff realised he needed to learn how to cook for himself, he joined the classes and hasn’t looked back. The author too was taken with how quick, easy and tasty the recipe was that she learnt – in fact, she has already “Passed it On” by cooking it again for friends.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Rotherham continues to go from strength to strength and to be fantastically popular. It is booked up for lessons until March 2010 and, due to public demand, has just introduced evening classes too. Over and above this, the team there continues to undertake larger public demonstrations outside the centre, as well as always being there to welcome anyone who just wants to drop in to ask for advice, or learn more. Amazingly, the team reckon that they are teaching classes to around 500 people a month – and that doesn't cover the people who are taking place in workplace “Pass it On's”,or other community events. The classes though are small, fun and really easy to follow, and appeal to everyone, from our youngest learner -aged 5- upwards.

So Bravo! Big thanks to everyone – leaders and volunteers – who work so hard to make the Rotherham Food Centre such a success! If you’re in the area, why not check out the Rotherham Food Centre for yourself? And if you want to try your hand at one of Jamie’s fantastic recipes, why not take a look at our recipe section where you will find loads of terrific and inspiring recipes?

About the author: Camilla Cameron is Jamie’s Campaigns Manager
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