Community’s Blend of food and fun

Chef Tim Hirst at work with children at Blend
Chef Tim Hirst at work with children at Blend

A COMMUNITY cook-in on Tuesday evening was the focal point of a celebration to mark the official launch of Sharrow food project Blend.

The official launch included a mini cook-along session, family entertainment, a chance to get involved – and refreshments.

It aimed to highlight the work of the initiative, which has already run a number of events in the neighbourhood and now hopes to reach out to many more people across the area.

Blend is a partnership of three local groups – Shipshape, Sharrow Community Forum and Creative Action Network. Based at the Old Sharrow Junior School, it is funded by grants and through its activities. All profits are ploughed back into the business.

Organisers want to develop a programme that will bring people together through food-based projects such as the Big Lunch, Sharrow Chef of the Year, a children’s summer cooking club and regular cooking sessions.

Director Chris Hanson says: “Healthy cook-alongs are an opportunity to learn to cook new dishes from around the world and share a meal with others in your local community. They are suitable for everyone, from beginners to experienced cooks, and for young and old.”

The next cook-along, at 6-8pm on November 24, has a French theme. It costs £2 per person or £5 per family including a two-course meal (no need to book).

Advanced sessions – such as the ‘game’ themed evening on December 6 – include a professional cookery lesson and a three-course meal. These are £10 per person and must be booked in advance:

For more details about Blend, visit: