International students and locals blend at Sheffield cook along

Cook Along on London Road, Sheffield

Studying abroad is not all about academics and learning. In Sheffield, students get a chance to participate in a variety of events organised by the University and other independent bodies.

A cook along held on London Road recently attracted international students as well as locals to learn themed cuisine in the spirit of eating and fun.

This event was organised by Blend, a community food organisation based in Sheffield. The organiser, Chris Hanson, said: “This event aims to share the knowledge of food preparation and simple cooking that can be easily achieved at home.”

He also said that over a thousand people have attended the monthly cook along sessions which have been ongoing for the last two years.

Chris Hanson, organiser of the Cook Along.

The event is held on last Thursday of every month, from 6pm to 8pm.

Each month, different dishes from around the world are introduced, allowing participants to have a chance to learn something new and make new friends.

“It’s good to bring people together through food and meeting new people,” said Hanson.

Held at the Highfield Trinity Church, a large space and plenty of cooking equipment was available for participants to try their hand at cooking.

There were 4 groups and each group was in charge of making different dishes. The themed cuisine were Mexican dishes such as Chilli Con Carne, Enchiladas, Fajitas, and Re-fried beans.

A Malaysian student Ng Keng Huang who attended the event, said: “Usually I’ll cook Chinese dishes such as my favourite Zong Zi (Chinese dumpling) and this event has been an eye opener. I hope I can come back and learn something new again next month.”

The recipes are provided by beginner and experienced cooks from countries around the world such as China, Italy, and Spain.

At the end of the event, international students had an interactive session to meet with the locals and help build their confidence as well as improve their language.

One of the participants, student from Vietnam, Hoang Thi Bui Minh said: “In this event I can talk with many people and practice my English as well as meet the local people.”

– Video, Photo and Story by Tiffany Lau

For more information about Cook Along, visit:                                                      Blend official website or Blend blog
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