Participants were today given their level 2 certificates for food safety after a successful 10 week vegetarian cooking course. The course run by youth group Trailer Trashed taught a range of vegetarian cooking recipes and techniques. The 11 participants were supported by youth volunteers from Trailer Trashed, volunteer nutritionist Louise Comerford, volunteer cook Jo Pearson and founder Carly North.

Each week young people split into smaller groups facilitated by a youth member of Trailer Trashed to prepare and cook a recipe. A variety of food related topics were discussed including food waste, portion sizes and nutrition. At the end of each session everyone got to sit and share the meal together.

Evan Beesley (18) said that the course has “helped me at work because I have learnt new techniques”.  Rhiannon Atrell (15) who wants to be a chef enjoyed being able “to make food which people have liked.” Many of the participants have also reported eating more fruit and vegetables and cooking more varied meals as a result of attending the course.

The course was made possible due to funding from Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Sussex Community Foundation with the donation of the training kitchen at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA).

Carly North said “This has been a really positive and enjoyable experience for all and I am so proud of everyone involved. We hope to be able to secure funding for further courses in the near future.”