Meal cheats for family carers filmed at Rougham cooking school

Jeremy Medley, chef and operations director at ICE, with Simon Brown, founder of FamilyCarersNet, and Nic Pandolfi, presenter of the Quick Food for Carers show
Jeremy Medley, chef and operations director at ICE, with Simon Brown, founder of FamilyCarersNet, and Nic Pandolfi, presenter of the Quick Food for Carers show

A weekly cooking show which aims to help family carers prepare quick, tasty meals has been filmed at the Rougham-based ICE Cook School.

Quick Food for Carers was created to support family carers with health and nutrition advice and guidance as part of a regional campaign by FamilyCarersNet in partnership with East of England Co-op.

The first episode aired last Thursday to coincide with national Carers Week, with current forecasts suggesting there are more than 12,000 carers in St Edmundsbury and 8,500 in Forest Heath.

Simon Brown, who founded FamilyCarersNet last year following his experience as a family carer, said: “We hear so much from carers that they don’t have enough time to prepare fresh meals – by the time they have finished work, looking after their children and their caring, they feel exhausted.

“Often putting something in the microwave is so much easier. We wanted to help them by showing that they can cook quick, nutritious food using everyday ingredients and food items.”

Jeremy Medley, chef and operations director at ICE, has also had first hand experience as a carer.

He said: “I cared for my mum and I know only too well the strains and stresses that comes with that. To support the Quick Food for Carers campaign was an absolute no-brainer for us.

“It’s a great idea and to give support this way, where carers can enjoy watching the cooking show and learn some quick cheats and easy and nutritious food dishes to cook, is the least we can do.”

Quick Food for Carers, presented by Nic Pandolfi, is available online from midday on Thursdays, along with recipes to download. Go to www.FamilyCarersNet.co.uk/QuickFoodforCarers.