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London café prepares Hackney residents to become master chefs

16 June 2015
Café Morningside’s students.

A popular Hackney community kitchen has celebrated its students’ cookery achievements, thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.

Café Morningside, based at Morningside Community Centre, invited local residents to a freshly-made, celebratory brunch, proudly cooked by the amateur chefs.

The donation from Sanctuary has helped to fund two six-week healthy cooking courses. The individuals were taught cookery and hospitality skills as well as tips for healthy eating.

At the brunch, successful students were awarded with certificates after their final task of serving a spread of bacon and cheese scones, potato pancakes, banana bread with fruit compote and cranberry smoothies.

Huu, one of the students, commented: “I found out about this course through the volunteer centre. It’s really helped me to prepare and cook different foods which are very different from the dishes from my home country, Vietnam.

“I hope this experience will help me get employment in the future as a kitchen assistant and eventually head chef!”

Jo Revett, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “The brunch that was served was lovely and I am so pleased that the students have gained an important skill from the cookery course.

“The funding we provided aimed to support residents with training and a path to employment and I hope the next course will do just as well.”

All ingredients used at the Morningside Café are kindly donated by The Grocery, Fresh n Fruity and E5 Bakehouse.

This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

For more information about Café Morningside call Lise Thiollier on 07587 083131 or visit the Café Morningside Facebook page.