Kirkintilloch: Innovative community kitchen to fight food injustice

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Silver Stag Scotland, an established community benefit society, has branched out by launching a professionally equipped community kitchen and cooking school.

The cooking and cooking school will offer experiential, professionally run classes to the local and international tourist markets. Proceeds from this will fund a wide range of free community workshops to address food injustice so that local people have the opportunity to access healthy and acceptable food for themselves, while taking into account the environmental challenges of climate emergency, fuel poverty and food insecurity. .

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The launch week saw the first groups frequenting the kitchen. Parents and primary school students from the neighborhood came for a hands-on baking workshop led by chefs from the social enterprise Locavore.

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This was attended by 40 representatives from third sector groups, charities, schools and community organizations from East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow who attended the official launch.

The kitchen has eight cooking stations, a large central island and has been designed to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Peter Jahn, Chief Digital Officer at Ramekin and Rolling Pin, said: “As the cost of living crisis grips the nation and the shameful reliance on food banks across the country continues to grow, we believe that it is crucial to provide a safe and friendly environment. place where people from all walks of life can come together and learn how to make delicious, healthy meals from scratch.

“Launch week went exceptionally well. We have received unanimous support and praise from all walks of life, from local primary schools to health and social service professionals to sustainable food activists.

Ramekin and Rolling Pin have already begun working with local growers, producers and ethical suppliers to ensure their cooking classes focus on using organic, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and that food waste is minimized. The first classes start in July.