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    Since 2001 Community Chef has trained over 750 cookery leaders who have gone on to help over 25 000 people enjoy a healthy and more sustainable diet. Find out more →

Chef3.5Welcome to Community Chef

 

Since 2001 Community Chef has helped thousands of people to improve their cookery and nutrition skills.

Our services include cookery workshops, cookery demonstrations, capacity building training and community food consultancy.

Community Chef delivers training courses for cookery leaders, food banks, community cafes and community organisations. Our training empowers others to set up and run their own food related initiatives which in turn improves the health and wellbeing of their communities.

We run cookery classes and workshops from our own training kitchen. Our state of the art mobile kitchens allow us to deliver cookery and baking workshops almost anywhere. Expert tuition and person centred approach ensures that our learners to become confidant cooks with a full range of kitchen skills. We also offer a range of bread making and baking workshops and train people to set up micro-bakeries and community bread clubs.

We deliver indoor or outdoor cookery demonstrations. Our interactive demonstrations are highly engaging and always very popular, especially as the audience gets to eat the food we prepare. We also deliver workplace health and corporate cookery demonstrations, helping organisations to look after the health and wellbeing of their staff.

We love to feed people and specialize in seasonal, healthy catering for corporate, private and community functions. We also facilitate interactive catering where we involve participants in catering for their own event.

Our smoothie bike is available for workshops and public events.

We have our base at the Lewes Community Kitchen, but we work nationally with schools, community groups, charities, health and government organisations and ethical businesses.

Community Chef is a not for profit social enterprise and we are dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system which provides good food for all. We support local food producers and most of the ingredients we use are organic.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the Community Chef website. Please contact us to find out more about us and the services we offer.

Robin van Creveld - Community Chef


Latest news

Cookery Demonstrations in Portsmouth at The Southsea Food Festival

On the 16 & 17 July 2016 we’ll be at the Southsea Food Festival hosting the kitchen theater stage. In keeping with the international flavour of the festival, we’ll be demonstrating, cooking, baking and serving delicious and unusual dishes from around the world, On Saturday we’ll make Uttapam, a South Indian rice pancake served with spiced okra […]

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Our next Bread Club Training: 20 – 22 September 2016

Professional bread baking training for people who want to make real bread with and for their communities This training is hands on and covers the following modules: How bread works Everyday yeasted breads, rolls and buns Enriched and laminated dough Sourdough Doughcraft, timing and production systems Equipment and ingredients This training will help you to: Plan […]

Fabulous Ferments – recipes from Seedy Sunday 2016

Our theme for our demonstrations at this year’s Seedy Sunday Brighton is Fabulous Ferments. Here are a selection of recipes from our menu including: Uttapam – fermented rice and lentil pancakes from South India served with coconut chutney Blini – sourdough buckwheat drop scones topped with aubergine caviar Pau de Queijo – Brazilian cheese balls […]

Food for Thought – Community Food Symposium

Friday 5 February, Leaf Hall Community Arts Center, Eastbourne An opportunity for community food workers, cookery leaders,health promoters, food producers & growers to come together for a day of networking, inspiring talks, workshops, fabulous food, visioning and support. Workshops include: Real Junk Food Café’s– a practical solution for tackling food waste, food poverty and social […]

Festive Recipes 2015

People tell me that preparing a Christmas meal is the most stressful meal they make all year. Statistics show that Britons waste over 65 million pounds of  perfectly edible food over the Festive period It doesn’t have to be like that! Here are recipes for some of the delicious alternatives to a traditional Christmas meal that I’ll […]

Pan Indian Cookery Tour -Recipes

Here are some recipes from our culinary journey across India. Our exploration starts with the most popular South Indian breakfast of Idli Sambar, a rice flour dumpling with peppery lentil soup and coconut chutney. Moving up the East coast snack on Bhel Puri, Mumbai’s favourite street food, puffed rice salad with tamarind dressing. Crossing inland to the […]

Gujarati Thali – Feeding body and soul

Last week I had a great time creating a Gujarati feast with a large group of students. While I love most Indian food, it is the cuisine of this incredible region which most nourishes me. This is why: On the winding path of self discovery, meandering down a busy street in Delhi, I met an old friend […]

Cooking Up Change

Cooking Up Change – In August, I received an interesting proposal from Charlene Collison from Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit organisation which works globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. www.forumforthefuture.org Forum had for some time been working on a toolkit based on the lessons learnt from collaborative […]

What are Bread Clubs?

What are Bread Clubs? – Bread Clubs are generally a social activity where enthusiasts meet to bake bread together while sharing resources, experience, skills and knowledge Bread clubs can also function as micro-businesses where members pool resources, bulk bake and sell or share out the bread to extended members or subscribers. Some Bread Clubs are home […]

Why community food activities are more important than ever

I set up Community Chef in order to help people to cook and eat good food, to feel well, empowered and to be more connected with others.  Recently I was asked if I thought there was still a need for community food activities. The answer is without doubt, more than ever, yes! Here are a few […]