Rotherham's Ministry of Food prepares to reopenPublished Monday, 4th August 2014
Building work is taking place at Rotherham's Ministry of Food in preparation for its re-opening in the autumn.
The All Saints Square premises are currently undergoing a 'refresh' that includes redecoration, new appliances and a new shop frontage in time for September.
Then the Leeds-based charity, 'Zest - Health for Life' will re-launch the project, which is geared to the Jamie Oliver ethos of encouraging local people to cook and eat healthy food as well as providing training activities in the local community.
The Council has formed a new partnership with Zest, which already operates the successful Ministry of Food project in the Kirkgate Market in Leeds.
Susie Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Zest, said the charity has already recruited most of the staff for the Rotherham premises, including a Project Manager.
She added: "We are really looking forward to introducing the new team to the public of Rotherham and getting as many people as possible involved in the next exciting phase of the Ministry of Food concept in the town.
"We are taking the project back to the basics of teaching cookery skills, budgeting and healthy eating, and believe everyone can learn something from one of our fun and friendly courses."
Joanna Saunders, Head of Health Improvement for the Council, added: "We know rising obesity is a problem across the country, including here in Rotherham.
"But we are committed to working with the Jamie Oliver Foundation and Zest to tackle this by encouraging local people to cook and eat healthy food and by providing training activities in local communities.
"The building is now fit-for-purpose and the new partnership will allow the authority to move on to an exciting new chapter of healthy cooking and eating across the Borough."