Can Cook – Liverpool

Just had a fabulous morning at ‘Can Cook’ in the Matchworks, South Liverpool.

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I went along with a group of fellow students from Edge Hill University’s Nutrition and Health Degree Course.  We were treated to a grand tour of the venue, spent an entertaining couple of hours with Robbie Davidson ‘Can Cook’s’ Director and finished off with a delicious freshly cooked lunch of chicken and chickpea stew with crusty bread. Thanks goes to Natalie for the great hospitality.

Robbie talked to the group passionately about his aspirations for ‘Can Cook’ and how the enterprise got started.  His vision is to connect people through food with initiatives such as:

  • Kitchen Share Incubator – Offering help and support to food entrepreneurs including use of the Kitchen Share facilities, events to showcase products and business planning.
  • Cookery school – A state of the art, purpose built kitchen perfect for cookery demos / corporate events.
  • Pop Up Studio / kiosks – Temporary cookery facilities offer a unique way of delivering healthier messages in workplaces, communities, schools etc.
  • A new meals on wheels service – Providing fresh, nutritious food that people actually want to eat.
  • Innovative street food trucks – As an alternative to junk food currently available, street food trucks will a make reasonably priced delicious, fresh food easily accessible. These are not your standard butty vans, these are very different!
  • Cook Books – ‘Everyday cooking for everyday people’ and ‘Takeaways’.

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What I love about ‘Can Cook’ are their values. They want to encourage people the eat healthier, freshly prepared food by giving the confidence and knowledge to cook from scratch and to see that it doesn’t have to be over complicated.  They want cooking to be fun, and although they are not labouring the science behind nutrition, they are advocating a shift to a healthier balanced diet.

The work they are involved in to make charity food bank parcel’s more nutritiously sound is the overall winner for me. As a trainee nutritionist I’ve thought long and hard about volunteering with a Food Bank because it is such a worthwhile cause. I couldn’t however get over the ethical dilemma of issuing food parcel’s to vulnerable people that I wouldn’t eat myself, or feed to my own family.  Keep up the great work ‘Can Cook’ I’ll certainly be watching this space with interest.

Find out more at: http://www.cancook.co.uk/kitchen-share-3/

Val

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