Youths cooking up a storm in Kelso

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The Cheviot Youth group is heading for the kitchens of the Kelso Youth Project to create a range of mouth-watering dishes with the help of a group of budding new cooks.

The project is called Budget, Shop, Store and Cook, and in partnership with Tomorrows People from Galashiels, offers young people the opportunity to cook a range of tasty, nutritious and healthy meals on a budget.

Over five weeks, youngsters will learn of the benefits to their health and their purse of thinking about what they buy and how to store and then cook food which is in season.

David Harvey, chair of Cheviot Youth, said: “I am very pleased that with funding from the Government’s Community Capacity & Resilience Fund, and a well-tested partnership with Tomorrows People, we can offer these young people the chance to experience what this excellent project offers in terms of an increase in confidence, self-esteem and team-working skills, and a better understanding of the what is needed to be employed in the catering and hospitality industry.”

Each week, the youths will cook a number of dishes using store cupboard ingredients such as pasta, rice, a variety of tinned products and pulses, supplemented by what is in season.

At the end of the five weeks, they will then decide what to cook at their pop-up restaurant at The Planet, home to the Kelso Youth Project, open for one day only and serving up to 40 people.