As the Cooking Session Leader I develop and deliver community cookery sessions at the Woodbank Community Food Hub as part of the Big Lottery funded social prescribing programme, More Than Medicine. The role involves working with our growers to develop seasonal recipes, find ways to use any produce gluts, as well as supporting the development of the Veg Box People veg bag scheme in the Stockport area.
Before switching over to a career in catering and teaching cookery, Sam worked for charities in the UK and overseas to develop community projects that support people to be better able to take part in their local communities. When looking for a new challenge in life, she drew on her love of food and cooking to inspire others to eat healthy home-cooked meals.
"I really enjoy working with groups of people from all walks of life, who have decided they can benefit from learning new recipes and trying ingredients that they may not otherwise have at home. By holding the cookery sessions at Woodbank Community Food Hub, they can how their food is grown and go and pick some vegetables and herbs to use in the cookery session that day. It's true 'farm to fork' eating."
After working as a community cookery teacher for past few years, Sam has seen the benefits that gathering a group of people to cook and share a meal together has on people as individuals. "I have seen for myself how social prescribing has benefited people I have worked with. Often people feel isolated despite having neighbours and family members around them. Everyone has to eat, so why not come together to share ideas and learn from each other too?"
When she isn't teaching people to cook, Sam enjoys eating out, travelling and cooking for friends and family.