The Yellow Kite Café at Southsea Castle opened its kitchen this week to show young people how to cook a cheap nutritious meal for four people for less than the cost of a ‘Big Mac’.
The first dish on the menu was meatballs and pasta, with head chef John Brooks supervising the youngsters as they got to grips with the chopping and mixing. “This is as much about giving young people confidence in the kitchen as it is about learning recipes,” said John. “Good food doesn’t have to be complicated and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive,” he added.
The scheme is part of a collaboration between Yellow Kite and You charity which helps vulnerable people from the South East. Each week young people will prepare, cook and eat a different dish and by sharing the experience with friends and families they can take the skills they have learned forward into everyday life. For many it was the first time they had cooked a meal themselves and they had no idea how easy it could be, tucking into the food at the end of the session with YK staff was a highlight and everyone just enjoyed the food.
The cookery sessions will take place every other Monday throughout the summer season both at Southsea Castle and community centres across the city.