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5,000 home-cooked meals dished out to NHS staff across Cornwall

5,000 home-cooked meals dished out to NHS staff across Cornwall
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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:38am 21st May 2020.

Five thousand home-cooked meals have been dished out to NHS staff across Cornwall during the coronavirus pandemic.

Food4Heroes Kernow, which launched in the Duchy at the end of April, has been cooking and delivering food for frontline staff.

The Cornwall arm of the organisation continues to supply fresh, healthy meals for Helston, Stratton, Launceston and Newquay Community Hospitals and has expanded to also include Falmouth and Bodmin.

It hopes to support all community hospitals in Cornwall during the pandemic with the aid of public donations.

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Operating out of Rock-based St Enodoc Hotel and Fee’s Food kitchen, the 5,000 meals have been cooked by a team of volunteer chefs led by Executive Chef Guy Owen with support from chefs Tim Spedding (formerly of Coombeshead Farm), Ben Ambridge (The Fox’s Revenge), Nigel Bacon (Trevalsa Court Hotel) and Tim Kendall (The Barley Sheaf).

Since hitting the milestone, the effort has expanded its capabilities with two new kitchen hubs joining the effort at The Fox’s Revenge in Summercourt and Nick Hodges and the team at The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth.

The army of the county’s top chefs has also grown to include chefs from the likes of the Watergate Bay Hotel, St Michael’s Hotel, Bango Kitchen (Penryn), Arty Williams (formerly of The Cove) and Indidog (Falmouth) – to name but a few.

The scheme has been rolled out across the county with the integral input of Kate Holborow, The High Sheriff of Cornwall, James Strachan, owner of the St Enodoc Hotel and Emma Trelawny, Food4Heroes coordinator, in partnership with the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Food4Heroes Kernow
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“It’s quite an astonishing achievement to have produced 5,000 meals for our hardworking NHS in as little as a month. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the effort and to be back in the kitchen doing what I love for a great cause.

"The fact that we’re also able to support local producers in order to make these meals is fantastic, all of which have been so supportive of the cause, so a big thanks to Philip Warrens, Total produce and a particular thanks to Paul and Richard at Fish For Thought, who's donations have been extraordinary. We’re all looking forward to working towards the next milestone over the coming weeks.”

Guy Owen, chef

Food4Heroes was initially launched in Yorkshire following an emotional online appeal by NHS worker, Dawn Bilborough, which went viral when she was unable to buy food in her local supermarket after completing a 48-hour shift.

With a growing army of around 35 volunteers in Cornwall, including chefs, delivery drivers and marketing and PR individuals, the initiative not only provides busy NHS staff with hearty meals at the end of a long shift, but, by purchasing locally sourced ingredients for the meals, is also supporting the economy of local food producers and suppliers.

You can support Food4Heroes and find out more here.