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Young Exeter residents launch cooking on a budget DVD

Residents at Exeter Foyer have created a DVD demonstrating how to cook healthy meals on a budget and we were invited to attend the premier in the X-Centre.

The supported housing project in Exeter Foyer provide temporary accommodation and support to disadvantaged young people between the ages of 16 and 25. These residents teamed up with Fotonow Media to design and produce a film called 'Food with the Foyer' to show creative ways of eating healthily while on a budget.

The launch evening included a viewing of the film, cooking demonstrations from residents and stalls from local farms. Keen to offer residents an outlet to carry on cooking, Harry from our Chefs' School team set up a stall to offer young people the opportunity to learn cookery at River Cottage HQ.

Harry said, "It was so encouraging to see so many young people talking so passionately about cooking. The residents made a delicious cottage pie and were all keen to get into the kitchen and demonstrate their new skills with the fresh produce. The Foyer is a wonderful organisation and I'm looking forward to welcoming everyone to River Cottage HQ in the new year."

The residents will be continuing their culinary journey with a trip here to Park Farm in January. They will be invited to take a tour around the 100 acre farm, meet the pigs, sheep and poultry, visit the famous kitchen garden, and have a look at the state-of-the-art kitchen.

If they are keen to continue learning cookery skills and are considering a career as a chef, there will be the opportunity to sign up to our Traineeship Scheme, which aims to prepare young people for the workplace through confidence building activities and interview preparation techniques. If they pass this three month course, they can then progress onto our Young Chef Apprenticeship Scheme, which means they will earn a salary in the workplace, while continuing their studies with us at River Cottage.