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AXMINSTER: Top young chefs help to feed the homeless

Thursday, 01 May 2014

DISHES produced at the River Cottage young chef apprenticeship scheme near Axminster are helping to feed homeless people in Exeter. Trainee chefs at River Cottage produce thousands of meals during their course of study. Until now, that food has kept the apprentices and River Cottage staff well-fed. But the volume of food produced is growing and the team needed to find a way to keep wastage to an absolute minimum. Working with charity St Petrock’s - which provides hot meals, advice and support to over 50 vulnerable adults - a solution was found. River Cottage head of education Chris Griffin said: “We are really excited about this project, which has been made possible through the tremendous efforts of St Petrock’s and the support of refrigeration experts Foster, who have provided free of charge the food containers and freezers necessary for the scheme to work. “The first delivery of River Cottage meals took place on March 27th. “With the apprenticeship scheme due to train and qualify more than 250 young people over the next three years, the project will hopefully make a difference to the lives of hundreds of homeless people in Exeter.” Frozen meals are collected from River Cottage by St Petrock’s and taken to the latter’s resource centre in Cathedral Yard, Exeter, to be reheated and served to the city’s homeless.

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