Barnstaple chef cooks up a storm for charity

A culinary classroom was set up at St Michaels School near Barnstaple during half term to help raise money for Ugandan children. Chef James Duckett of Barnstaple restaurant James Duckett at the Old Custom House conducted a cooking master class on how to p

A culinary classroom was set up at St Michaels School near Barnstaple during half term to help raise money for Ugandan children.

Chef James Duckett of Barnstaple restaurant James Duckett at the Old Custom House conducted a cooking master class on how to prepare and cook a three course dinner in the school kitchens in front of an appreciative audience.

The event was being held on behalf of the Kika Trust to help raise money for the Kika Cultural Troupe, which works with disadvantaged Ugandan children to help rehabilitate them and give them back their self esteem through dance, music and education.

The current appeal is for a minibus to enable the children, who are orphaned or abandoned, to attend school.


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"Cooking is a real passion for me and to be able to share some of the techniques which I've learned as a professional over the last 15 or so years with a group of enthusiastic home cooks is a great pleasure," said James.

"For me the day is made even more pleasurable in the knowledge that in the process we will be helping the Kika Trust enhance the lives of disadvantaged youngsters in Uganda."

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The demonstration provided by James and his sous chef Jess Clements proved a tasty hit with their audience and the event raised more than �1,000 for the Kika Trust.

Kika is determined to return young people to the education system so they can have the tools to build a future for themselves. At present, 10 of the children go to school, but with no vehicle to take them they face a 30 minute walk to the main road, then a public bus followed by another 40 minute walk. The journey is arduous and not safe. The children often face not going to school so the trust needs to raise �4,000 to purchase a minibus so all the children can be taken to school safely and at a lower cost.

The Director of Kika Troupe said: "I am so grateful to the people of Devon for helping us reach our dream to have a minibus. It will transform the lives of the children in our care and improve their education prospects."

To find out more about the Kika Trust and the work of the Kika Cultural Troupe, please email kikatrust@yahoo.co.uk.

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