I have recently started with Edinburgh Food Social as a Community Chef Trainer. The role is part of a three-year project which aims to provide in-person training sessions to individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds within Craigmillar.
My initial training in the culinary industry was in fine dining in London. Whilst working in fine dining provides great experience, I always felt, as I have with previous jobs, that I wanted more purpose to my work.
As a team member at Edinburgh Food Social, it is important to become part of the local community. An early part of my role involved getting out there. I spent a day with The Greenhouse Pantry followed by a day at Craigmillar GP Surgery to ask locals what their needs are at the moment and what they would like to see us include in our free community cooking classes and dinners.