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Published Thursday, 26 April 2012

Barnet and Southgate College students dish up healthy meals in Edmonton Green

Cllr Goddard serving up healthy food

Move over Jamie Oliver, student chefs were knocking up nutritious meals in Edmonton Green Shopping Centre  today (26 April) as part of a drive to encourage people to eat healthy and more sustainable food in Enfield.

The students from Barnet and Southgate College served up dishes for shoppers including jerk chicken, onion pilaff and pan fried salmon.

All the dishes were created by the students and copies of the delicious recipes were handed out along with vouchers for the ingredients which could be exchanged in local high street shops on the day of the live cooking demonstration.

The event was set up to support Enfield Council's Food Strategy which aims to increase the production and consumption of healthy, sustainable food in Enfield, boost high street businesses and work with food producers to ensure the borough remains one of the big food suppliers in London.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "We want to encourage residents to eat good wholesome food because there is plenty of evidence that links a proper diet to better health, longer life and improved performance in school".

"The Enfield Kitchen will travel the borough demonstrating how quick and easy it is to produce tasty and nutritious meals and it will help us achieve our aim of improving the health of Enfield's residents and promote the thriving food sector we have in the borough."

Edmonton Green Centre Manager, Roger Allen, commented: "The success of Edmonton Green is largely down to the fantastic partnerships that we have with stakeholders such as Barnet & Southgate College which make the Centre a real hub in the community. These young chefs showed first class skill producing very tasty dishes which I was lucky enough to try."

Enfield is home to a thriving food sector. Small scale producers, wholesalers and large, nationally known food producers have factories and distribution centres here, which together with the farms and restaurants across the borough provide thousands of jobs for local people. The Food Strategy aims to increase business between local suppliers, local restaurants and national buyers.

As one of London's greenest boroughs, Enfield is also rich in greenbelt farmland, allotment sites and growing spaces. The Food Strategy aims to involve local communities in a range of initiatives, encouraging people to 'grow their own', and supporting the development of new growing spaces.

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