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Cookery Workshops & Chefs' Corner Demo's

We partner with local cooking enthusiasts, chefs, and educationalists to facilitate cookery workshops and demonstrations with the aim of encouraging cooking with fresh ingredients and adopting healthy food choices. We encourage families to cook together, plan and budget for their meals and to set aside 'meal dates' at least twice a week where the family can focus on 'slow food' prepared and eaten together (with the TV off). We are especially keen to see Dads develop cooking skills, where these are lacking and to get them cooking with their children. We like to do simple, the basics start with how to prepare salad and vegetable and basic knife skills.

Our gratitude to Chefs that have helped us in the past, include:

Brian Steele, Yeoldon House Hotel, Durrent Lane, Bideford telephone: 01237 474400
Barry Lewis from Crumble Cottage, Appledore
Dan Garnett (Dan the Fish man), Clovelly Fish. telephone: 07970932566
Felicity Sylvester, Brilliant Fish Community Interest Company
Joe Monteriex (French Joe), Burton Art Gallery (Cafe Du Parc) 
Judy Down, Weirmarsh Farm, Umberleigh
Lee Barker, Outside Catering & Hire
Sarah Jane Payne, West Country Caterers, High Bickington
Sadie & Clive Humphries, Devon Food Company
Steve and Paul Reah (Reah Bro's)
Vanessa Ebdon, Marshford Shop & Farm Organic Foods


The original 'Chefs' Corner' project launched in 2007 promoted local food, healthy eating and cookery skills at local community events. The Cookery Workshops, Can't Cook Won't Cook continue this theme but have moved the cookery demo's to hands workshops.  We should all think about reducing the amount of processed 'white foods' we consume and eat more whole foods, with plenty of different-coloured vegetables and fruit. We get more sustained energy and less damaging insulin in our bodies by eating foods with low or no sugar, salt and fat. By reducing intake of these three common ingredients, we also reduce the likelihood of getting Type 2 Diabetes, Coronary Heart disease and Cancers. 



You can watch videos of the Chefs in action via the links on the left-hand side of this page. The videos on this site have been produced by Visual Link Web Media Services. If you work at or own a food business that is based in Torridge, are a local cooking enthusiast and would like to get involved, or simply want to find out where and when the next event is taking place, please contact Dan Garnet on  07970932566 or Daryl Littlejohns at you can email Dan at .

We have previously run events at RHS Gardens Rosemoor, Atlantic Village, Appledore Arts Festival, Bideford Pannier Market, Barnstaple Pannier Market (North Devon Food Festival), Bideford Quay Farmers Markets, Northam Liesure Centre, East the Water Primary School, Broadwoodwidger Primary School and Morwenna Park Community Centre.