Coming from a career as a chef, I (Chris) recently joined the Church Farm Rural Care team in hope to help young adults with learning difficulties gain valuable life skills, not only on the farm but to incorporate cooking into the programme.
For a few weeks in November and December, once a week on Thursdays, I have been running the farm café kitchen, working alongside a co-farmer. I spent four weeks having Thomas as my helping hand. He has been learning various culinary skills from prepping veg for salads, peeling, prepping and part cooking chips, to making soup and baking cakes and scones to sell at the café.
Tom has really enjoyed his time in the kitchen and even got the chance to make his own creative lunch whilst on duty! I feel this is a great opportunity for the Co-Farmers to learn new skills and experience a kitchen in action with day to day customers. Not only does this provide great confidence and communication skill, but also enables the Co-Farmers the ability to gain skills that can be widely used in the future.