Search

Top Chef rustles up meal from Islington’s rubbish

06:24 26 August 2014

Michelin-star chef Alfred Prasad cooks with volunteers at FoodCycle

Michelin-star chef Alfred Prasad cooks with volunteers at FoodCycle

Archant

A Michelin-star chef joined volunteers to use wasted food to cook up a delicious meal for vulnerable people.

Alfred Prasad, executive chef of top restaurant Tamarind, in Mayfair, was inspired when he heard of the work of FoodCycle, an Islington charity that reuses surplus food going to waste.

Using ingredients donated by local food outlets which would otherwise go in the bin, Mr Prasad went to the charity’s centre in Southwood Smith Street, Islington, on Wednesday to help concoct a delectable menu for those in need of a meal.

Mr Prasad said: “I am very proud to partner with FoodCycle and help promote their fantastic work on the ground. I love their message that food poverty and food wastage should simply not co-exist.”

He added: “I also admire their efforts in creating communities for their beneficiaries. Many of these vulnerable people seek not just food but dignity and companionship and they do a great job of making them feel included.”

Christina Georgallou, 23, a volunteer team leader at Foodcycle, worked alongside Chef Prasad cooking the meal.

She said: “Usually we encourage volunteers to use their imagination when cooking with these ingredients but with Alfred there we stood back and let him run the show.”

Under the Chef’s expert instruction the team cooked up a meal of cream of Islington tomato soup and a potato and green bean curry, followed by a hearty bread and butter pudding.

Ms Georgallou said: “You should have heard the chopping in the kitchen. It was a privilege to have such a talented chef with us and he was so humble.”

She added: “An enjoyable time was had all round. It was a really happy event and wonderful to have such a strong turnout.”

Relying on wasted food is not always without difficulty, Ms Georgallou added

“We have no idea what we are going to be given but there is always such a large amount and variety,” she said. “Once we had 40 bags of spinach, which made it a challenge to avoid spinach for dessert.

“Our ethos is not to waste anything at all.”

“In London people live in poverty so close to people with so much food, especially in Islington. It is so often table etiquette that decides whether food is wasted – it’s sickening really. It’s something that shouldn’t happen but it does, more education about food wastage is so important.”

Currently nearly a third of food is wasted in the UK every year. If you would like to volunteer with FoodCycle or for more information on preventing food waste, visit: http://foodcycle.org.uk/

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 08:30
The Crest Academys Year seven boys and Year nine and ten boys and girls playing football at Arsenal Football Hub as part of a football and physics club

Arsenal use science to teach football-loving youngsters how to bend it with their brains

Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Whittington TB department celebrated their first birthday this month

Tuberculosis team at the Whittington hospital open for a year

Saturday, May 23, 2015
The Islington-based Deborah Hutton Campaign has scooped an award

Campaign - named after Vogue health editor Deborah Hutton - takes gong

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Prof Patel

The borough’s annual Word Festival kicks off this month with a focus on the power of the written and spoken word to boost mental health and wellbeing.

Most read news

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder