Celeb chef passing on essentials

Homeless young people and parents from our nursery have been treated to a delicious meal and expert cooking tips from a Saturday Kitchen regular thanks to one of the Centre’s relationships with generous companies.

Companies not only help us financially, they also provide skills and expertise that enhance our many services. Standard Chartered Bank support our employment team with employment days and placements; five of our clients have found permanent work as a direct result! Around 50 employees from Grosvenor Estates helped make sure the nursery and hostel was full of Christmas cheer. And Ember Yard, the newest venture of the Salt Yard restaurant group, have been adding an optional £1 to all bills, so far raising over £15,000 to support food based projects at the Centre.

The first of these projects involves cooking and budgeting workshops for the young people in the hostel. For many of the residents, who may be as young as 16, this is the first time they will have lived on their own. Ember Yard’s support has provided the young people with the skills and confidence to budget and cook for themselves and to meet their fellow residents.

The second project is teaching vulnerable families, with little income, how to cook healthy family meals on a budget and also allow local families to meet and socialise over a meal, helping them to feel part of the community.

Nasima’s children use the Centre’s family services: “We first learnt about food hygiene, which was really useful, and about cooking on a budget. When money’s really tight, it’s what you need to know. We’ve learnt five recipes , including shepherd’s pie, lasagne, and Thai green curry. I thought they would be really complicated, but they’re not. The ingredients aren’t that expensive and by cooking in bulk and freezing it, it’s great value.

“Cooking for me can be disastrous” said Nasima. “But with these five dishes I know they’ll turn out OK and my fussy children, who are 8 and 4, love them too!”

Last week, there was extra special treat when Ben Tish, Salt Yard Group’s top chef, came in to cook an incredible moussaka for hostel residents and nursery parents, and pass on some culinary tips.Ben tish for web

Bianca, 17, lives in our hostel for homeless young people: “The food was amazing. I loved it! I can’t wait to get the recipe and cook it for my friends in the hostel.”

Ben clearly enjoyed the experience and was already asking about how he and Salt Yard can help the Cardinal Hume Centre even more.

To celebrate their first year of supporting the Centre, Ember Yard have kindly offered a complementary glass of fizz on arrival to anyone who mentions the Cardinal Hume Centre when making a booking (valid until 30/6/2015).

Partnerships like these are highly valuable to the Centre. To celebrate our existing corporate partnerships and create new ones, we have launched Foot in the Door. Please take a moment to read about this initiative.