Healthy meals, less waste with MasterChef tips

Former MasterChef winner Kate Bracks is coming to Forbes to run a workshop with the Cancer Council and NetWaste.
Former MasterChef winner Kate Bracks is coming to Forbes to run a workshop with the Cancer Council and NetWaste.

You don’t need to be a MasterChef to cook nutritious, delicious meals that doesn’t compromise the environment or your back pocket, according to Central West NSW local and former MasterChef winner, Kate Bracks.

Cancer Council NSW, in partnership with regional waste and resource management group NetWaste, is bringing a free “Pantry to Plate” cooking workshop to Forbes on Tuesday 13th November  from 10am – 12pm, which has been funded by NSW Environment Authority’s (EPA) Love Food Hate Waste Food Smart program.

“These workshops aim to provide families with the confidence to create simple, delicious and healthy food from scratch – all while reducing your risk of cancer and food waste footprint” said Kate.

This is the third year this highly anticipated workshop series has been delivered in Western NSW, and organisers expect this year’s series to be hugely popular yet again.

“We know that so many families are not only time-poor, but often have limited food budgets too – so we want to demonstrate that it is possible to create nutritious meals the whole family will enjoy while ensuring none of it will go to waste. Ultimately saving you money, improving your family’s health and reducing your risk of cancer” said Camilla Thompson, Community Programs Coordinator for Cancer Council Western NSW.

NetWaste and Cancer Council has been awarded grant funding to roll out the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Love Food Hate Waste Food Smart program. NSW households and businesses throw almost a million tonnes of food waste to landfill each year. It costs households alone more than $10 billion worth of edible food each year. For the average household in the Bourke Shire, that is approximately $73 per week or $3,805 over a year.

Food Smart is an education program for households that involves a six-step action plan, supported with email reminders and a kit containing action cards, tips and equipment such as a magnetic fridge meal planner, bag and bag clips.” said Sue Clarke, Environmental Learning Adviser from NetWaste.

“We also want families in Western NSW to understand the impact of wasting perfectly good food, and how to decrease this through the Food Smart program that we’ll be showcasing in the workshop” said Sue.

Each registered workshop participant will be given access to the Food Smart program and the free Food Smart kit. 

The workshops series has been delivered across Western NSW communities throughout September including Wellington, Warren, Nyngan, Cobar and Bourke – with the final workshop to be held in Forbes.

To register for this free workshop, please contact NetWaste on 6362 9149 or Cancer Council on 0400 336 508. Venue details will be provided at point of registration.