bira supports Wok for 1000 event

Borough Market in London recently hosted a large-scale cookery event called Wok for 1000 to raise awareness of food poverty in the capital.

With the help of School of Wok – Europe’s only award-winning Asian & Oriental cookery school located in London’s – the event took place in the venue’s Market Hall on November 1.

Led by School of Wok founder and chef Jeremy Pang, a brigade of 200 cooks created a series of Asian-inspired dishes.

London-based businesses were encouraged to sign up in teams of 10, and then work together with other local companies to produce a meal to enjoy after the class, along with 1,000 or more additional meals which were then delivered and distributed across the capital to local food banks.

The event included a three-hour Asian cookery class under the supervision of Jeremy Pang and School of Wok expert chefs.

All profits from the places sold for Wok for 1000 were donated to charity Plan Zheroes, which works to achieve zero food waste and hunger using a social media platform to link surplus food to those that need it.

The idea behind Wok for 1000 is to build awareness of the issue of food poverty across our capital, to raise awareness about food waste, and to highlight the importance of CSR (Corporate social responsibility) amongst businesses, and the positive impact it can make within a community.

As a brand partner of School of Wok, housewares distributor Dexam, were able to take guests along to participate in the day. They were: Vin Vara – bira National President 2016/17, Seamus Geoghegan from ‘delicious Magazine’, Richard Bell and Rob Falconer from Steamer Trading Cookshop, Gillian O’Hara from John Lewis, Dean Hawes from Fenwick Colchester and Anne Blackie from Borough Kitchen. They were accompanied by Dexam’s Bryony Dyer, Roger Morgan-Grenville and Trish Rundle.


L-r: Dexam managing director Bryony Dyer, Dexam director Roger Morgan-Grenville , bira (British Independent Retailers Association) national president Vin Vara 2016/17

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