Wandsworth cooking bus plans return after successful debut this spring


The tour aims to educate people about nutrition and food safety, as well as teaching some recipes.


By Nathan Blades

A second tour of the Wandsworth Cooking Bus is revealed to be in the works, following the success of its debut tour.

Last week, a lorry designed to open out into a demonstration kitchen set up in Battersea Park and schools across Wandsworth from April 17-19.

The tour aimed to educate children about nutrition and food safety, and train community groups so they could run their own cooking schools in the borough.

Wendy Phillips, a spokesperson for the initiative said: “It is hoped that a more extensive programme of cooking skills teacher training is funded in the autumn.”

A group of 12 teachers, assistants and community cooks were trained in the event, and Ms Phillips has said the feedback from them was very positive.

Among the recipes being taught were Tuscan Tomato Soup, Coconut Fish Curry and the Spinach and Cheese Plait. The recipes focused on different cooking skills such as seasonal dishes and breadmaking.

On April 18, the Cooking Bus visited four primary schools, including Chesterton Primary, which is considered one of the top 10 primary schools in Wandsworth, according to the BBC’s 2012 rankings.

Wandsworth Council have declined to comment on the funding required to arrange the initial Cooking Bus tour.

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