Feast Of Activities To Mark Launch Of Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen


Lottery head says Community Kitchen will “bring the community together to share in the joy of cooking and eating collectively.” 

 Two weeks of culinary, community and corporate activities will mark the opening of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen later this month – the realisation of a dream long held by the Partnership of a venue in the heart of the city where local people can be inspired to cook for health, fun and friendship.

The events, to be held between Thursday 17 May and Wednesday 30 May, include:

  • A Grand Opening ribbon-cutting with VIP guests (press welcome).
  • A Press Night with six top local chefs demonstrating their skills at our state-of-the-art cooking stations.
  • A Community Day to show off the Kitchen to neighbours and community groups.
  • A Pop by Party, especially for the Kitchen’s crowdfunding friends.
  • A Bloggers Workshop for the city’s lively blogging community.

Throughout the fortnight, the Community Kitchen will also be Open for Business so we can show local businesses and organisations round the amazing new facilities.

The Community Kitchen has been made possible thanks to funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust, Rampion Fund and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, with support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, which funded the conversion of former office space in the Community Base building in Queens Road, Brighton. 

Additional funding of £27,305 was raised through crowdfunding to see the space transformed into a state-of-the art, fully accessible teaching kitchen.

Throughout, an amazing team of talented local firms have supported the build: MacConvilles Surveying, Crofton Design, Gyoury Self Partnership, Cheesmur, Brewers, UrbnRok and Claire Potter Design.

Vic Borrill, Director of the Food Partnership, said: “This fortnight of celebrations is our way of saying thank you to the very many people who have helped us bring the Community Kitchen from dream to reality.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from all sections of the city for this project, from MacConvilles Surveying and their generous work on the build to the little girl whose bake sale helped boost the crowdfund. A special, massive thank you must also go to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, without whom the project would never have got off the ground.

“However, for us this week is just a pit-stop on Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s longer journey towards bringing people back to the basic message that good food is a right for all. The benefits of good food go far beyond simple fuel. The Community Kitchen will be a place where EVERYBODY in Brighton and Hove and beyond can discover good food and the very many pleasures and benefits that go with enjoying it and sharing it with others.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, commented: “Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen is fantastic because as well as educating individuals and making healthy, nutritious food accessible, it will also bring the community together to share in the joy of cooking and eating collectively. I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the project.”

The diary of launch events is as follow:

  • Thursday 17th May, 10.30am-12pm VIP ribbon-cutting. Photo opportunity – press please RSVP.
  • Tuesday 22nd May, 6.30-8.30pm Food bloggers evening workshop with Jamiefrom Cin Cin (private event).
  • Wednesday 23rd May, 10.30am Community Launch, with The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove, Dee Simson, opening a Community Day in which Community Base neighbours and other invited community groups can look around the space (private event).
  • Thursday 24th May, 6.30-8.30pm Pop by Party for crowdfund supporters, featuring food demonstrations and a silent auction with taste-inspired lots (private event).
  • Wednesday 30th May, 6.30-8.30pm Press Night, with chef demonstrations and taster sessions – press please RSVP/ further details to come.

The Community Kitchen will be a social enterprise. At the same time as providing subsidised courses, including the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food Programme, it will offer competitively-priced cookery courses from local chefs and food experts, and be a venue for hire.

Booking opens this month for cookery courses, with classes starting in June. Among the first month’s offerings are Heart Healthy Cookery for people with learning disabilities, Authentic Italian cookery and a Masterclass, Easy Entertaining with CanTina, with the hostess of Brighton’s popular CanTina supperclub. 

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