Commonwealth cook off events teach life skills

Published: 6th Jun 2022

Birmingham Children's Trust host commonwealth cooking workshop for children and young people in the city,

Children and their families from across the city were invited to learn about Caribbean food and culture as part of the activities counting down to the Commonwealth Games.

Over 30 children and their families attended the cooking classes at the Custard Factory in Birmingham, where they learnt about the Caribbean, how to cook recipes from Jamaica and were introduced to recipes from the commonwealth to try at home.

The three-day event was held by Birmingham Children’s Trust, the Commonwealth Sport Foundation and 2 Much Passion. It gave the opportunity for children and young people to pick up important life skills in preparing and cooking food and inspired families to learn new recipes.

“It was brilliant to see the young people learn how to cook in a safe environment, equipping them with the skills for the future,” said Nicole Malatesta, Development and Events Manager for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“It was clear to see the amount of thought that went behind the session, the chefs were so attentive in explaining and sharing their knowledge. It made for a friendly and informative event.”

Adam Stokes, Youth Engagement Manager for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, said: “It was wonderful to watch the experienced chefs demonstrate their talents and pass down skills and knowledge to young people and families.”

“A brilliant initiative which tackles key issues for families today, delivered with smiles, fun and creativity. The collaborative work between Birmingham Children’s Trust and 2 Much Passion on this programme was hugely inspiring.”

The three-day event was part of a long list of events taking place across Birmingham in partnership with the Commonwealth Sport Foundation.