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Project updates

Winter 2009 / Spring 2010

Final stages of the project
Good Food Training for London concluded on 31 October 2009. The total number of individuals recruited and trained by Sustain from hospitals, prisons and care settings (plus summer school students and Caterlink staff) was over 650. City University's very positive evaluation report is now available on the Sustain website, at: www.sustainweb.org/pdf/GFTL_evaluation_dec09.pdf

Vegetarian cookery training
The two vegetarian cookery training events at Hackney College 'Greens with Envy' and 'Raising your Pulses' were well attended and feedback from participants was exceptionally positive. In particular, one catering manager claimed the events triggered 'a minor miracle' in her chefs' attitudes to preparation of quality, fresh food.

Training for nursery cooks
The project has been working with London Early Years Foundation to develop National Occupational Standards for the nursery catering sector and to design a qualification for nursery cooks that provides the skills and knowledge for healthy and sustainable catering. An outline qualification is now ready to submit to an awarding body, possibly City and Guilds. The Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency (GCDA) will continue to manage this project.

Sustainable food training standards
We have also been working with Westminster Kingsway catering college to make the content of their level three qualification 'sustainable'. Speakers in the new year will cover Fairtrade, vegetarian cookery and animal welfare. See the Ethical Eats pages for more information.


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