Throughout September 2016, Richard and the road show visited 21 locations across Wales, offering fun and interactive activities – with live cookery demonstrations as well as practical advice on how to plan meals, work out portion sizes, understand date labels and store food correctly to make it last longer.
Richard has years of experience as a TV chef, and is the food saving expert on Channel 4’s ‘Supper Scrimpers’. He has also appeared on UKTV Food, Saturday Cooks on ITV and The Good Food Show on BBC Radio 4.
The road show started in Anglesey on 2nd September and finished at the Newport Food Festival on October 5th. It helped people across Wales to learn about the simple things we can do at home to make the most of the food we've bought.
Lyndsey Stewart from Recycle For Wales (formerly Waste Awareness Wales) said: “In Wales we throw away around 400,000 tonnes of good food and drink each year, just from our homes – that’s about £12 billion, costing the average family £50 a month. This is a staggering amount, especially when you consider that most of it is, or once was, good food that could have been eaten.
“The main reasons we end up wasting food is that we cook or prepare too much food, or we let it go past its use-by date. Small and simple changes in the kitchen can make a massive difference such as knowing more about portion sizes and the different date labels used on food.""
The Welsh Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, welcomed Richard and the road show. “People can lack the confidence or the know-how to turn leftovers into nutritious and tasty meals. The road show will help people right across Wales learn about the many simple things they can do to make the most of the food in their fridge in order to save money and save more food.
“The best thing we can do is prevent food waste in the first place by planning meals and not cooking more than we need. But some food waste – like egg shells and vegetable peelings – is unavoidable. And that's why all Welsh local authorities provide a kerbside food waste collection service, which covers nine out of 10 households.”
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