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Celebrity chef opens new kitchen at West Berkshire Mencap

Specially designed kitchen will help people with learning disabilities and their carers learn to cook

Chris Ord


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Celebrity chef opens new kitchen at West Berkshire Mencap

WEST Berkshire Mencap welcomed celebrity chef Daniel Galmiche to officially open its new training kitchen at the Slater Centre in Newbury last week. 

The kitchen has been specially designed for people with learning disabilities and their carers who will now be able to learn how to cook healthy meals.

Featuring convection hobs to help reduce the chances of accidents, plus adjustable-height work surfaces and prepping area, the kitchen will enable West Berkshire Mencap clients to live more independent lives.

As well as officially opening the centre, the Michelin-starred chef gave a hands-on demonstration of how to prepare trout ceviche with fish donated by the Norwegian Seafood Council UK.

Mr Galmiche, who has regularly appeared on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, also spent time with the people who will be using the kitchen and took the opportunity to announce that he will be joining the charity as a patron.

He said: “It was a joy to help launch the kitchen and I wish everyone many hours of fun trying out new dishes and menu combinations.

“Thanks to West Berkshire Mencap for inviting me to be part of such an exciting project.”

The official opening was part of a wider open day to showcase the work that West Berkshire Mencap does locally and to offer tours around the facilities.

Chief executive of West Berkshire Mencap, Leila Ferguson, said: “Everyone was captivated during his session and he provided fantastic inspiration to staff and clients alike.

“Thanks must go to Daniel and to all the staff who made today so incredibly successful and our grateful thanks also to the wonderful team here at West Berkshire Mencap who have created such a fantastic kitchen space and also to the Norwegian Seafood Council for their support.”

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