Bishop Paul cooks Real Junk Food

"An amazing gastronomic experience" was the response to Bishop Paul Slater's cooking at a pay-as-you-feel event in All Hallows, Leeds this week.

Bishop Paul teamed up with Adam Smith, the founder of The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) to create a meal from food that would otherwise have gone to landfill. (They swapped hats for the photo, left).

From a small beginning in Armley, TRJFP is now a global phenomenon, with 126 cafés in seven different countries, but they want to create more. Adam Smith says, "Churches are great venues for the cafés as you have the premises, networks and welcoming volunteers. I'm an atheist, but I can see how this coincides with your values of inclusivity".

The diners were amazed at the quality of the meal. One said, "I hadn't quite expected such a wonderful gastronomic experience. But I've also had my eyes opened to the fact that we could feed the world from all the food that is wasted."

All Hallows run a Real Junk Food café most days of the week, plus a bistro on Friday evening.

Vicar, the Revd Heston Groenewald (right), says,TRJFP has been a massive blessing and a huge opportunity in terms of outreach, justice, hospitality, community-building, mental health and more.

"It's helped create a welcoming community space - and is a pastoral opportunity on many levels.

"We've also saved 9+ tons of food from the dustbin and it's been calculated that every £1 invested in the cafe has generated £15 in social return."

The café has recently featured in the Guardian here, and on BBC’s Songs of Praise. Facebook page here. And more here.

Contact revheston [at] (Heston)


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