Edible Eastside / Kitchen Cookery School
Jayne Bradley’s career began in urban regeneration, where she worked with development teams and local residents to transform neighbourhoods in some of the most difficult housing estates in London and Birmingham.
The shift into food projects started in response to the growing health issues that many of the communities she worked with faced and what she saw as a de-skilled food culture with its over reliance on supermarkets, fast and cheap food, creating the problems for people’s health.
She completed an MSc in Food Policy in 2009 and has specialised in city wide strategies to enable what she terms, The Conscious Consumer; creating opportunities for urban dwellers to make more sustainable, ethical and healthy food choices.
Early projects in food were focussed upon regeneration and community food programmes. She worked on several strategies looking at micro-enterprise hubs for small independent food producers, adapting the rural model for city food producers.
She assisted and advised communities setting up small garden and allotments and in 2011 established her own demonstration garden in a former industrial gas station in Digbeth, called Edible Eastside. Here she began teaching food growing, cookery and urban foraging and created a research garden in sustainable food, in partnership with landscape architecture and urban planning departments.
In December 2014 she opens her second food centre, Kitchen Cookery School, a not for profit school, specialising in cooking for health and sustainable diets, where she will work closely with chefs and the School of Culinary Arts at UCB to develop a programme of courses and chef events, where people can come and improve their food and cookery skills at all levels.
The school will uniquely offer a ‘garden to fork’ experience, utilising the food grown at her garden for the students who will be encouraged to understand where food comes from. Kitchen will fulfil her ambition, which began in 2009, to create a place for people to experience and learn about all aspects of food, to become more conscious of the health, social and economic implications of their food choices, but most importantly, enjoy eating in the process.
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