Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar Project CIC has been singled out for praise after launching a new Let’s Get Cooking club for young people with and without learning disabilities, using money raised by HealthRegard through The Health Lottery.
Beating off stiff competition from 19 regional contenders, the club has won the silver Let’s Get Cooking Golden Spoon gong for bringing together members of the community and giving them the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to cook nutritious and affordable meals and for sharing this with more than 150 members of their local community so far, by delivering cooking sessions in schools and at events like farmers markets.
Jill Carter, who runs the Let’s Get Cooking club, said: “The impact Let’s Get Cooking has had on our members has been enormous. I’d say the best thing is seeing how they talk about food and how they hold a conversation with so much passion. People see our members' cookability and not their disability.
“The awards ceremony really made me think how much more than a cookery club Let's Get Cooking is. To hear how it’s changed the lives of so many people was very powerful. It was such a proud moment to stand up there with our club members and accept the award in a room packed full of really inspiring children and adults – it must have been a very tough job to whittle it down to just three overall winners.”
The award was presented at the ‘Let’s Get Cooking National Celebration and Golden Spoon Awards’ (held in London on Wednesday 6 February) by keen cook and teaching champion Kate Bellingham, best known for hosting Tomorrow’s World and Children’s ITV programme, the Big Bang.
Rob Rees MBE, Chair of the Children’s Food Trust - the national charity that leads the Let’s Get Cooking programme – said: “ With Pulp Friction, we’ve seen first-hand how it can help people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, improve self-confidence, build relationships and make new friends. Food is a fantastic way of bringing people together.”
Seeing everyone’s confidence grow at Pulp Friction’s club and knowing that they’re all taking steps towards a healthier life is exactly what Let’s Get Cooking is all about. What they have achieved in such a short time is outstanding and they truly deserve their place at the top. Congratulations to all and keep on cooking!”
Along with the awards presentation, listening to guest speakers and taking part in a cooking activity, on the day club members also enjoyed a celebrity cook-off which saw Rob Rees MBE, the Cotswold Chef, go up against ex-England rugby captain and former BBC MasterChef winner, Phil Vickery, to see who could cook up the best Valentine’s themed three-course meal.
The audience voted Phil Vickery the winner who was then presented with his very own Golden Spoon Award too.