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Train the trainer

Food Leaders is a collaborative project between some of Bristol’s leading food educators and chefs. It was born from the knowledge that if Bristol is going to tackle food insecurity, there needs to be a sharp increase in the number of people who have the skills and confidence to deliver quality food education/cookery lessons in the community.

We know that positive change is more likely to take place when learning happens within trusted communities and groups. This is why we have developed a ‘train the trainer’ model, drawing on the expertise of organisations and people who have been delivering ground-breaking food education in Bristol for over 30 years.

Food Leaders is delivered by some of Bristol’s leading food educators including Barny Haughton (Square Food Foundation), Jo Ingleby (Feeding Bristol’s The Children’s Kitchen), Josh Eggleton (The Pony and Trap), Adrian Kirikmaa (St Monica’s Trust), Kalpna Woolf (91ways), and Sarah Francis and Claire Mcloughlin (Travelling Kitchen).

The course

A typical Food Leaders programme is 5 weeks. It involves upskilling community leaders to be able to deliver practical cookery lessons, workshops or demonstrations encouraging cooking from scratch, saving money, and reducing waste.

The course includes practical and written work, accredited qualifications, and ongoing mentoring.

A grant may be available for use towards cookery equipment for their group after attending the course.

Who is it for?

Food Leaders is for people who:

  • are already working in the community (e.g., teachers, food project leads, youth workers, charity workers)
  • are already keen cooks but would benefit from support in developing quality food education for their group
  • work with groups who are at risk of food insecurity or have restricted access to food education.

Online course starting soon

An online E-Learning Food Leaders course has now launched! If you’re interested in taking part, or would like more information, fill out an Expression of Interest Form.

The E-Learning course is funded by the NHS and is open to groups who work with people who face food insecurity and/or food related health issues. The aim of the course is to make Food Leaders accessible to more learners, and will be available for more than one person from an organisation to take the training.


Each of The Children’s Kitchen Recipe Booklets are available on the resources page.

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