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Super Chefs

Four local gardeners received the Super Chef Apron for coming 1st and 2nd place at the recent Live Well Cook Off 2017. It was held on the 23rd of September at the Live Well Kitchen attached to Limborough Green Hub in the Burdett Estate. The Champions,  Nazma Begum and Shanaz Begum, also got an extra prize from Bow Brew Café at St. Paul’s Way Centre by including their winning recipe in the café menu.

The runners up were Shelina Aktar and Ruksana Parvin who apart from sharing their brilliant cooking have showcased the use of a Boti. It’s a traditional Bangladeshi kitchen knife used to cut ingredients in a more efficient way.

Four groups participated in the competition including a pair of 16-year olds from Leaders in Community who used Poplar Honey in baking their entry.

Tom Gleed, of Greening Brownfield Community Garden did not join the cook off  but kindly donated a dozen organic eggs from their chicken coop.

It was a great day for all the participants who learned a lot from the wisdom of the judges:  Emmanuel Essandoh, a Poplar HARCA resident and former chef at the Bank of America, Nathalie Moukarzel of Kitchenette Karts who specialises in Persian Cuisines , Jake Slater, Director of Kitchenette and  South Kilburn- based chef, Dee Woods who won the BBC’s Cook of the Year 2016 at the16th annual BBC Food and Farming Awards.

This event, jointly organised by Poplar HARCA CaN Team, Leaders in Community and Women’s Environmental Network marks the start of a year of programmed cooking training (accredited and non-accredited) for various local groups and young people aged 16-25. Other cooking events such as Bake Offs, Grill Offs, Cook and Away  and the likes have also been scheduled.

For more information and to book your cooking event, pls. contact Momtaz Ajid of Leaders in Community on momtaz@leadersincommunity.org.uk

Heavyweight Kodu competition
The heaviest Kodu award in this year’s Go Grow Poplar Kodu competition went to Super Chef Nazma Begum of Limborough Garden. Her kodu weighed 5.6 kilos. A kodu from Lincoln Garden came second and the third place went to Mrs Choudhary of Zetland Community Garden.