Cooking with confidence

A GREAT Yarmouth man has hailed the success of a free cookery programme that helped change his cooking - and eating - habits.Mark Daniel O'Leary, 46, took part in the Cook Healthy Eat Well (CHEW) course to re-learn the basics in preparing food.

A GREAT Yarmouth man has hailed the success of a free cookery programme that helped change his cooking - and eating - habits.

Mark Daniel O'Leary, 46, took part in the Cook Healthy Eat Well (CHEW) course to re-learn the basics in preparing food.

Mr O'Leary, who does not work due to medical reasons, said he was “taken by surprise” after taking part in the five-week cooking course in Great Yarmouth.

He said: “It's changed my kitchen habits. I loved the course. I have gained valuable experience as it given me loads more confidence with cooking.


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“We cooked simple everyday dishes like spaghetti bolognaise, soups and curries which I have attempted on my own at home. I enjoy cooking a lot more now.

“I have even cooked a meal for my wife.

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“It taught me social skills in the kitchen by meeting new people and sitting down at the table to eat.”

The five-week free course is funded by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney and set up by the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Community Nutrition Team. The course is aimed at people who lack confidence and knowledge in the kitchen.

Great Yarmouth Community Trust community nutritionist Becky Hart said: “It's not fancy cooking, it's good basic cooking that people can actually do in a short amount of time. A whole range of people have been on the course and we encourage anyone to sign up for a free place.”

To find out more call 01493 852200, email nutrition@gyctrust.co.uk, or text food to 65000.

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