Ministry of Food

What is the Ministry of Food?

The Ministry of Food centre on John Street, Bradford is a fantastic food hub where community groups and local people can get hands on experience and friendly advice on cooking skills, nutrition, money saving tips, seasonal food and lots more information for a healthier diet.

The campaign, led by TV chef Jamie Oliver, is modelled on the Ministry of Food, set up during the war to ensure the population did not go hungry and could eat healthily on scarce rations.

Today's diet-related problems aren't linked to a shortage of food, but are serious in a very different way. We as a nation are eating too many readily available un-healthy foods such as sugary snacks and drinks, salty and fatty fast foods this is leading to the population becoming over weight and in many cases obese. This epidemic is putting a strain on the NHS as many people are being diagnosed with diet related illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and  cancer.

Research shows that people who cook are generally healthier than those who don't, the Ministry of Food campaign aims to teach people the skills to be able to make healthier lifestyle choices.

The centre also acts as a hub for the ‘Pass It On’ movement in the Bradford district.

Find out more on the Bradford Markets Ministry of Food website

What is ‘Pass It On’?

Pass It On aims to inspire people who have never cooked to give it a try and then, once they’ve learned the recipes, to teach two other people how to make it too.

Pass It On is all about people sharing their cooking skills with each other in order to get everyone making tasty meals with fresh ingredients again.

This is important because knowing how to cook will be really good not only for your health, but also the future health of the nation.

The centre is open five days a week:

  • Monday       10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday      10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday  10am to 7pm
  • Thursday     10am to 6pm
  • Friday          10am to 2.30pm

The class will last for 1 1/2 hours and runs on the same day each week for 8 weeks. Each week you will make a really lovely healthy meal to enjoy!

The cost of an 8 week course is £48.

There are cookery groups for parents with children, students and young adults, young families, disabled people, charity organisations, cultural community groups, and the general public.

Also we are very interested in getting involved with community projects, galas, and fun days etc.

Places are limited. To join a course you need to pre-book.

For more information please email or phone 01274 435279 or call in and speak to a member of our team at the Ministry of Food Centre, 29 John Street, Bradford, BD1 3JS 

Jamie’s Ministry of Food is supported by Bradford Markets

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