Recovery Kitchen Graduation

News item posted: 19 June 2017

On Tuesday 21st May the Recovery Kitchen, a new course designed to teach culinary skills to individuals in recovery from substance misuse, celebrated their first graduation in Birmingham.

Recovery Kitchen was launched by Turning Point Zephyr, in collaboration with Event Masters catering company and Birmingham City Council, in February this year when they hosted a showcase of the new Recovery Kitchen facilities, part of the café hub at Summerhill House, Birmingham's residential Recovery centre.

Taught by a Savoy trained chef, the Recovery Kitchen course runs every Tuesday for 8 weeks and covers health and safety; cooking on a budget; cooking for more than one and creating menus. Participants also complete E-learning courses and can gain qualifications including Food and hygiene level 2, Barrista coffee machine training and Latte Art.

Stacey Ennis, Turning Point Zephyr Recovery Kitchen lead said;

''The first course has been an amazing experience for all involved. I have been truly inspired and am extremely proud of the participant's achievements. Attending the course has opened up a range of possibilities including future catering for a Housing Providers' 40th anniversary and providing catering for the 5th Recovery walk held in Birmingham in the Autumn. The graduation was a great opportunity for us to celebrate the participants' success with family, friends and colleagues."

One of the Recovery Kitchen graduates praised the confidence boosting course, saying;

"It was a very satisfying experience to work with a Savoy trained chef who guided us through the basics of food preparation looking at shopping on a budget and creating 'proper food' which was tasty and healthy."

"After only a few weeks we opened our shutters and started serving a three course meal to other service users and providers. I would recommend this course to anyone. Huge thanks to Dave the chef and Stacey, our Recovery Kitchen lead, for her tolerance patience and enthusiasm, she has been an inspiration."