Pop up restaurant to combat lack of healthy home cooking

12/8/11     Head Chef of the Blue Lion at East Witton Jophn Dalby   cooking the first grouse at 11.15am   yesterday(fri) on the Glorious 12th.
12/8/11 Head Chef of the Blue Lion at East Witton Jophn Dalby cooking the first grouse at 11.15am yesterday(fri) on the Glorious 12th.

ONLY half of local residents cook at home from scratch every day, according to a health report.

And two per cent of people in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire have a ready meal every day for their main sustenance.

With that in mind a pop up restaurant showcasing easy-to-cook wholesome food is to go on show at Mickley fun day on Saturday August 27.

Using fresh, local produce NHS Derbyshire will highlight what products are available in the community to encourage more people from disadvantaged communities to cook healthy food from scratch.

Heather Wesson, health development worker, said: “Research shows that poor nutrition, unhealthy diet and dependency on convenience foods is often down to inadequate access to produce and lack of understanding of healthy eating benefits.

“Our pop-up restaurant is a fantastic way for Mickley villagers to learn new skills and gain confidence so that they can start to cook and eat healthily with their friends and family.

“Real cooking doesn’t have to be a chore, and we’re here to prove that it all can be done in the community and at little expense.”

Free cooking demonstrations, food samples and a presentation rewarding people who submitted ideas for the best recipe competition take place at the fun day.

All recipes tried on the day have been suggested by villagers.

Other fun day activities include plant stalls, cakes, face painting, and a bouncy castle. Entry to the event is free and people from surrounding communities are welcome to come.

It was a 2010 Fresh Food report commissioned by NHS Derbyshire and the Local Strategic Partnership that showed only half of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire’s residents cook at home every day from scratch using raw materials.

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