19 December 2016

Now Jamie Oliver's latest Ministry of Food project is set to open in Leeds.

It will be the third of the schemes which provide cookery courses, teaching people how to make healthy, balanced meals in a bid to tackle the nation's obesity crisis.

The city's Ministry of Food will be in Leeds Kirkgate Market – the first to be based in a market.

Other schemes in Rotherham and Bradford offer morning and afternoon cooking lessons with a lunchtime cooking demonstration. A similar timetable may be developed in Leeds.

Ten-week cookery courses will be delivered by staff trained by Jamie Oliver's team in a specially developed kitchen.

Courses start with how to boil an egg and end with how to make the perfect Sunday roast.

By using ingredients bought from the market, it is hoped participants will then pass on what they've learned to family and friends.

This was a key part of the way Jamie taught cookery skills to the people of Rotherham through his TV series Jamie's Ministry of Food.

NHS Leeds and Leeds City Council have teamed up to create the facility, which will also provide a HealthPoint to give health and lifestyle advice.

Emma Croft, obesity, food and physical activity lead at NHS Leeds, said: "I am delighted the Ministry of Food project is coming to Leeds. It will be a great addition to the city, the market and all those that use it.

"Ministry of Food is all about getting people cooking again and to show that anyone can learn to cook healthy and nutritious meals on a budget.

"All the recipes demonstrated on site will use produce mostly bought from stalls in the market.

"This will support the sustainability of Kirkgate Market and ensure that people on the cookery courses can get everything they need to make the same meals at home."

Coun Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member responsible for Kirkgate Market, added: "This is a fantastic initiative which will be a great boost to Kirkgate Market.

"Everyone who shops there knows that the market sells some of the freshest and most varied food at the lowest prices.

"I am sure the market will extend a warm welcome to the Ministry of Food when it arrives in summer and that the project will be a huge success."

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