RDN has been delivering Cook & Taste sessions in Heston West as part of our Health & Wellbeing project. Below is an extract from an article from getwestlondon written by Robert Cumber

Healthy Cooking Classes

I dropped in on a Friday cookery and nutrition workshop run by Rodgers Orero, of the Riana Development Network.

Participants are taught how to eat well for less, before putting into practice what they learn by rustling up a meal, with each week focusing on a different country’s cuisine.

“We want to show people how they can cook healthily on a budget. We have sessions on things like food labelling, which can be very confusing, to help people understand better what they’re buying,” explains Mr Orero.

The weekly cookery class, with Maxwell Omondi pictured in the centre at the back

Some people attend the seven-week course in search of kitchen inspiration but for others it has proved a useful step on the career ladder, with a number of people having gone on to get food hygiene certificates and secure jobs in the catering world.

Maxwell Omondi, who comes all the way from Chiswick to take part, says it has helped him become more creative in the kitchen.

“I help out with cooking at home, so my parents are seeing the benefits,” says the 16-year-old.

“I’ve learned lots of new dishes, like a herby lentil curry and a cheat’s pizza made using pitta bread, tomato and cheese.”