A CLERICAL cookery challenge set two priests to cook the best
nutritious meal, using only items found in a typical foodbank
parcel, in front of a live audience. They were given only 30
The "Ready Steady Foodbank" challenge took place at last week's
Kent County Show. The winner, the Priest-in-Charge of St Peter and
St Paul, River, near Dover, the Revd Andy Bawtree, is a keen cook
who has previously taken part in the Channel 4's cookery contest
Come Dine With Me.
He used his staple ingredients - which included tinned mince,
tomatoes, and baked beans - to cook up a chilli, served in a loaf
of bread. His prize-winning meal beat the dish of the Assistant
Curate of All Saints', Murston, Sittingbourne, the Revd Lesley
Mr Bawtree is involved in the Churches Together foodbank in
Dover, and Ms Jones is co-ordinator of the Murston Community Bank,
which is believed to be Kent's first such bank in a church.
Mr Bawtree said on Monday: "We wore our cassocks, and we had to
share a hob. It was a bit of fun, but also raised awareness of what
the Church can do. It is about bringing the love of God to bear
where we are able to."
He was used to cooking on a budget, he said, having received
free school meals as a child. Cooking and living on a stipend meant
that he still had to be "creative" with his food budget.
Noel Beamish, from the project team at Dover Foodbank, said:
"Nationally, the Trussell Trust has seen a 170-per-cent rise in the
number of people given emergency food in the past year; and,
locally, we provide a minimum of three days' emergency food and
support to local people in need.
"As we rely solely on food donations to feed local people in
crisis, anything that raises awareness of foodbanks and food
poverty is a positive step."
The cookery challenge was organised by the diocese of
Canterbury's Communities and Partnerships Framework, which works to
support communities in the diocese by encouraging churches, groups,
and organisations to work in partnership.