Jamie Oliver is to reopen his Ministry of Food venture in Rotherham – more than a year after it was closed down after a health and safety inspection.
The centre in All Saints Square will be back in business from a week on Friday, with a visit from celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo, star of the BBC series Two Greedy Italians.
It first opened in 2008 after TV chef Oliver pledged to teach basic cooking skills in a friendly environment, coupled with shopping and budgeting tips plus advice on healthy eating.
The project developed after Rotherham hit the headlines around the world when mums of children at Rawmarsh Comprehensive posted burgers and fish and chips to pupils through the fence after the school tried to institute a healthy eating policy.
The reopened centre will offer people the chance to learn a range of recipes from pizza and fajitas to healthy breakfasts and roast dinners.
“We are delighted to see the centre reopening and getting back on track addressing health inequalities in Rotherham,” said Joanna Saunders, head of health improvement at Rotherham Council.
“We expect people to benefit from weight loss, healthier lifestyles and increased confidence to cook from scratch.”