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Root Camp launches Urban and Rural camps for teens

Root Camp, the community project set up by Cassia Kidron and supported by chefs Sylvain Jamois (Moro) and Valentine Warner, held a launch night to reveal their plans to inspire teenagers to learn about food “from field to table” with a view to educating consumers of the future. Currently they run rural camps that provide a week of activities including cooking, planting, foraging, harvesting, fishing, and of course social time with other teens in a beautiful rural setting.

A high class guest list including a number of attendees from Ocado, a sponsor of Root Camp, a number of influential people from the food world including Prue Leith, and many others from the media and business worlds descended on Hackney Community College’s Open Kitchen to eat a delicious banquet. Canapés prepared by Valentine Warner, washed down with Hiver beer and Blackdown Spirits cocktails were followed by a feast created by founder chef Sylvain Jamois and cooked by students at the Hackney Community College and former Root Camp students.

The purpose of the evening was for Cassia Kidron to outline plans to develop Root Camp –not just by extending its rural programme but by bringing that experience into the city – to join up with the growing projects that are proliferating in urban areas – to plant Root Camp in city kitchens and outside spaces – and attach themselves to other vibrant causes.

This year they will enter the school gates to pilot their Educational project – a travelling three-part presentation of cooking demo, environmental talk, and film

Valentine Warner, who ran a week of the course in Wales in Summer 2013 said of Root Camp: “Root Camp was an absolute joy. I went there not knowing what to expect but of course vibrant young minds in a stunning setting created its own magic. Under the beating sun we cooked up spider crabs with fennel tops, ratatouille the Elizabeth David way, peach tart, pork belly but a few. Thankfully vodka had not been sneaked in Timotei bottles so the week was very productive. All the kids were brilliant. A total joy, if they ask me to do it again I’d do it in a shot”.

Jason Gissing, founder of Ocado and mentor of the Root Camp project said “Root Camp is an ambitious and spirited enterprise… committed to changing teenagers’ awareness of food and related issues – it’s provenance, impact on the countryside,distribution – through cooking and feasting with others”

There are still places left on Root Camp summer courses:

Contact: Cassia Kidron 07816 815 656.

Twitter: @RootCampUK/ Facebook :

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