Minister Jo Churchill

Lessons in the kitchen with top chef to minimise household food waste

9 March 2022

On day two of the UK’s annual Food Waste Action Week (Tuesday 8 March), Resources and Waste Minister Jo Churchill joined Vince Kelly, culinary lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College and Guardians of Grub Ambassador and Catherine David, Director of Collaboration and Change at WRAP for a special tutorial to tackle the most wasted foods in the home

Vince and students from Westminster Kingsway College, one of the largest further education colleges in London, took guests through a culinary masterclass in how to avoid food waste in the kitchen with ingenious hacks and delicious creations made using up every morsel of food turning flat fizzy drinks into fruity sorbets and expired milk to delicious paneer cheese.

Vince Kelly

Vince Kelly, culinary lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College, “Chefs can influence a huge change in habits and help reduce food waste. As a culinary lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College and a culinary professional myself, I am passionate about healthy plates and a healthy planet. Every trainee chef must be taught to measure and monitor food waste, because seeing what’s wasted means you tackle it. The Guardians of Grub training, tools and food saving guides are here to help the next generation of chefs – like the students at our college – stop good food from being binned.”

Catherine David

Catherine David Director of Collaboration and Change, WRAP “People are increasingly aware of the scale of the climate emergency that we as humanity are facing – COP26 really brought that to the forefront of public debate. We can feel powerless by the scale of the task ahead: Food Waste Action Week is about people making small changes that together will make big impacts. Over the next seven days, the UK will waste more than 87,000 tonnes of food across all our homes but if we focus on storing food well, making lists before shopping, freezing and defrosting more we can tackle this country’s 9.5 million tonne food waste mountain, and save money too.”

Minister Jo Churchill

Resources and Waste Minister Jo Churchill “Throwing good food away is a terrible waste of resources, water and energy. The amount of food we waste each year weighs the equivalent of over a million Asian elephants. Almost 70% comes from our own homes and the impact on the environment is immense. Food Waste Action Week is hugely important in bringing together the entire food supply chain, from farm to fork, to take action on this critical issue. There is a lot we can do as consumers, and I would encourage everyone to think about simple and creative ways to help us reach our ambitious target to halve food waste by 2030.”


The menu consisted of


  • Carrot slaw with a lime poppyseed dressing, spiced paneer (Leftover milk, carrot)
  • Ham croquettes, minted pea puree (Sliced ham, potato, leftover bread, frozen veg)
  • Thai potato cake, date banana chutney (Banana skins – potatoes)


  • Roast Pork trim pie topped with mash and crisp fried skins (Pork -potatoes)
  • Stir fried chicken trim and rice (Chicken – frozen veg)
  • Roast vegetable crostini (Bread)

To finish

fruit fool

The aim of Food Waste Action Week is to create lasting change and empower people with the knowledge and passion to prevent food going to waste in the home. Doing so will help significantly towards delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving global food waste by 2030. Food Waste Action Week is running a nationwide media and PR campaign to raise awareness of our key message Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change with events happening simultaneously in twelve other countries.

WRAP’s Guardians of Grub campaign supports Hospitality and Food Service businesses to reduce the amount of food wasted every year in the sector. The campaign was developed by WRAP, which has years of experience in helping food businesses to reduce the amount of food thrown away.

Food waste in numbers

  • Our homes produce 70% of the UK’s food waste - 6.6 million tonnes of food waste each year, of which 4.5 million tonnes could have been eaten.
  • Financially - household food waste represents the equivalent of eight meals a week for an average family, that’s 87,000 tonnes across the UK’s in just seven days. This costs the average family (two adults/two children) more than £700 a year (£60/month).
  • Environmentally - food waste is an enormous issue that often goes unseen. Were it a country, food waste would be the third largest emitter of GHG behind the USA and China and overshadows emissions from global commercial airflights.
  • Around a third of the food produced globally is lost or wasted, which has a huge impact on climate change in contributing 8–10% of total man-made greenhouse gas emissions.


Notes to Editor

Notes to editor

  • WRAP is a global NGO based in the UK. It is one of the UK’s top 5 environmental charities and works with governments, businesses and individuals to ensure that the world’s natural resources are used more sustainably. It is the charity leading the UK Plastics Pact, Courtauld Commitment 2030, Textiles 2030, Guardians of Grub as well as the citizen campaigns Love Food Hate Waste, Love Your Clothes, Clear on Plastics and Recycle Now.
    • WRAP experts are available for broadcast interviews, briefings and comment contact: Ian Palmer, Media Relations Manager, mob: 07802 873 431 [email protected] -
  • Westminster Kingsway College is one of London’s leading colleges offering academic, vocational and higher education courses. It is part of Capital City College Group, which also comprises City and Islington College, and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, as well as apprenticeship and training provider Capital City College Training. It comprises King’s Cross Centre, Victoria Centre, Soho Centre and Regent’s Park Centre. The Victoria Centre is home to the college’s highly acclaimed School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, and its award-winning training restaurants The Brasserie and The Escoffier, collectively known as The Vincent Rooms.