Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:43

Shop Cook Save kicks off in Parramatta

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti and Masterchef finalist Jay Huxley at Parramatta North Public School for the first Shop Cook Save cooking demonstration. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti and Masterchef finalist Jay Huxley at Parramatta North Public School for the first Shop Cook Save cooking demonstration. Jay La Photography.

The first of many Shop Cook Save events kicked off in Parramatta this month.

Delivered by Western Sydney councils, the program will see former Masterchef contestant Jay Huxley deliver free cooking demonstrations to teach residents the benefits of shopping to a list and meal planning for cooking at home.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said the program is greatly needed.

“Western Sydney residents waste 142,000 tonnes of food every year, which is around a third of the waste put out for the kerbside garbage collection each week,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The Shop. Cook. Save. program aims to make families more mindful of how much food they buy, and how it is used, in order to reduce the amount of food thrown away at the end of the week,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“At the program’s first cooking demonstration at Parramatta North Public School, Jay shared a number of quick and easy recipes which not only tasted delicious, but showed that with careful planning you can make several family meals with almost zero food waste,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

Reducing food waste has always been important to Western Sydney restaurant owner, Jay Huxley.

“I have been passionate about food waste for a long time. When you waste food, you are not just wasting money, but all the resources that went in to growing the food and delivering it to your home,” he said

“As a restaurant owner I know what a difference good planning can make to the weekly food bill. Wasted food is wasted money. Successful restaurants need to ensure they avoid waste through careful purchasing and menu planning, and we can all do the same at home,” Jay said.

“I want to show people how easy it is to prevent food waste by shopping to a list, cooking more meals at home and learning to love your leftovers.

The next workshop will be held at Castle Hill in September this year. For details on upcoming events visit the Shop Cook Save facebook page.

Participating councils include: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Parramatta and Penrith.

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

 


Families from Parramatta North Public School following the first Shop Cook Save cooking demonstration. Credit: Jay La Photography

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