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Special 5x15 event on food - Thursday 19 January

5x15 is thrilled to bring you a very special charity event in January 2023 to celebrate 15 years of the amazing School Food Matters (a member of the Sustain alliance), with fantastic speakers - Reema Reid, Andi Oliver, Tim Spector and Dan Saladino.

Special event on food, January 2022. Credit: 5x15

Special event on food, January 2022. Credit: 5x15

Since 2007, School Food Matters has been teaching children the joys of growing, cooking and sharing fresh fruit and veg for their health and happiness. And through its tireless campaigning, School Food Matters has secured policy changes so that more children now have access to quality school meals.

To mark this milestone we’ve brought together a stellar line-up of speakers with one thing in common: they promote food that’s good for both people and planet. They also believe that school food matters.

The event takes place on Thursday 19 January at The Tabernacle, W11, 7pm. All proceeds from the tickets sales go to the charity School Food Matters - buy tickets here.

Tim Spector OBE is an award-winning scientist and author, with over 1,000 original articles published in some of the world’s top scientific journals, placing him in the top 1% most cited scientists on the planet. His book Spoon Fed offers the latest evidence on food science and personalised nutrition, the impact of our food environment and how profits and policy impact our dinner tables with a pragmatic, real-life approach. Tim’s latest book, Food for Life is his most extensive yet, taking an in-depth look at all of the latest scientific evidence on what we eat, how we eat it and why; and how we can use this knowledge to improve our own personal nutrition.

Andi Oliver is an award-winning TV chef and broadcaster. She is a regular face on screen, and hosts BBC’s Great British Menu, Sky Arts Live Book Club, C4’s Beat the Chef, and Food Unwrapped, and a contributing chef and host on Saturday Kitchen. Throughout her rich and varied career in food, music and television, Andi has been in the kitchen, perfecting her skill, and for 4 years she ran a successful ephemeral restaurant – The Moveable Feast. She was creative director of The Birdcage and launched her own kitchen at The Jackdaw and Star, a renovated pub in the heart of Homerton. She launched her award winning restaurant Andi’s in 2016, and in 2020 she launched her newest food project, entitled Wadadli Kitchen, which showcases real Caribbean home cooking.

Dan Saladino is a journalist and broadcaster. He makes programmes about food for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His work has been recognised by the Guild of Food Writers Awards, the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards, and in America by the James Beard Foundation. His new book Eating to Extinction won numerous awards, including the Wainwright Prize. It’s an astonishing journey through the past, present and future of food, showing why reclaiming a diverse food culture is vital for our future.

Mother of four, Reema Reid, began her career as a school meals supervisor and teaching assistant. She went on to train as a teacher, middle leader, senior leader and is now an award-winning headteacher. As one of the very small number of black headteachers in Southwark, Reema is committed to providing an inclusive educational experience for all pupils, as well as ensuring the teaching workforce in London is representative of London’s population. During the pandemic Reema responded to the prospect of up to 40% of her pupils’ families being plunged into poverty by joining forces with School Food Matters to provide breakfast and lunch boxes for the school community. She believes that good nutrition must be embedded into the school culture and embraces all the food education opportunities that School Food Matters has to offer.

This 5x15 event is sponsored by Impact on Urban Health, so that all proceeds from ticket sales can support the important work of School Food Matters.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for you to win special food-inspired prizes. And as an extra treat, some young chefs will be on hand to serve you canapés as you take your seats. We hope to see you there! 


Published 3 Jan 2023

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