The cutting of a string of garlic has marked the Grand Opening of the new Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen – a fabulous central space in the city where local people can be inspired to cook for health, fun and friendship. It heralds a new era in the history of the 15 year old Food Partnership, who use food to create positive change in people’s lives. Until now they’ve run cookery classes from community centres, churches and any other semi-suitable space it can find around the city. “After a decade dreaming of a central space tailored to our needs, today is like a dream come true,” said the Food Partnership’s Vic Borrill. “In this Kitchen our cookery class leaders will have a fully accessible, purpose-built space and all the equipment they need so we can improve and expand our offering, enabling many more people in Brighton and Hove to learn about food, share food and, above all, to enjoy food.

The Community Kitchen has been made possible thanks to funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust, Rampion Fund and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, with support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, which funded the conversion of former office space in the Community Base building in Queens Road, Brighton. It will operate as a social enterprise, offering competitively priced cookery courses from local chefs and food experts at the same time as providing subsidised courses, including Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Programme.

To find out more about the Community Kitchen, visit www.bhfood.org.uk