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Healthy tasty meals needn't be expensive says leading local chef

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

Sanjay Kumar and Laura Foster with a meal made from his festive foodbank recipes.   Simon Burt Photography.

Sanjay Kumar and Laura Foster with a meal made from his festive foodbank recipes. Simon Burt Photography.

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A RENOWNED local chef visited Hayle Foodbank to hold a festive cooking demonstration.

Sanjay Kumar, chef at the Headland Hotel Newquay and founder of social enterprise School of Cornish Sardines (Socs), demonstrated how cheap and easy recipes can be made from ingredients users are given at the foodbank.

Mr Kumar has been working with volunteers at the Hayle charity and produced a booklet of recipes to help clients make the most of their food parcels.

The chef cooked a pan-fried lemon chicken.

He said: "It was inspiring to spread the festive spirit of fresh food to both users and volunteers of the foodbank. A healthy mind is a healthy body. My aim is to erase food deserts and health inequalities in diets, by introducing quick, easy and frugal means of cooking that do not cost the earth."

Mr Kumar founded Socs, which is supported by the European Social Fund, after graduating from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs.

He has recently visited several foodbanks in Cornwall to hold demonstrations and give advice on budgeting, shopping and easy frugal cooking tips.

Copies of Mr Kumar's recipe booklet can be downloaded from the Truro foodbank website or by e-mailing schoolofcornishsardines@hotmail.com

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