Bristol’s Cookery School, Square Food Foundation will use this June’s Food Connection’s Festival to launch their new, 12-week training programme: How to be a Chef.

The Summer Feast builds on the success of last year’s Autumn Feast at Paintworks which was the culmination of a three-day cookery training programme at Square Food, inspired by Bristol 24/7’s social impact agenda, supported by some of Bristol’s brightest culinary lights and aimed at young people in and around Bristol who were passionate about cooking and wanted to work in the food industry.

Eight young people took part in last year’s programme and went on to cook for 170 guests at the Autumn Feast. Since then, the young chefs have taken up work placements at Redcliffe Childrens Centre, The Pony & Trap and volunteered at Square Food Foundation and achieve further qualifications.

This June, they’ll be once again manning the hobs, fires and chopping boards at the Summer Feast, cooking what will be some uniquely inspiring food which they have helped plan and develop from the very beginning.  The evenings will be street food style with live cooking to order, different stalls serving home-made pasta, the very best June vegetables, charcuterie, cheeses, smoked fish, Summer fruits, Sicilian ice cream and more.  Ingredients will be sourced from suppliers shortlisted by the BBC Food & Farming Awards, among others.  There’ll be a fully licensed bar too.

No better place than to launch How to be a Chef – the programme they helped inspire. How to be a Chef is aimed at young people and adults aged 16+ who are passionate about food and cooking and interested in working in the food industry but not yet work-ready. The 12-week course includes hands-on cooking and work placements in a variety of food-related industries.

The Summer Feast is a ticketed event on Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June, at the Station, BS1. The event is delivered in partnership with Bristol 24/7 as part of this year’s Food Connections Festival.  Tickets, £30

All proceeds support the How to Be A Chef Programme

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About Square Food Foundation 

Bristol’s Community Cookery School teaches people of all ages, abilities and all walks of life to cook good food from scratch. Established by chef and teacher, Barny Haughton, Square Food is based at the Park Community Centre in South Bristol where it works with different groups from Knowle West and throughout Bristol. Students include some of the city’s most vulnerable and marginalised people, including people with learning disabilities, women working in the sex industry, young people excluded from mainstream education and elderly adults at risk of loneliness and isolation. In addition, Square Food’s trading arm offers specialist cookery masterclasses to adults and children, teambuilding workshops and corporate events and event catering. All profit from these activities support SFF’s charitable objectives.

For more about the new How To Be A Chef programme, to register your interest or to enrol, visit

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