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Celebrity chef leads NLWA food waste challenge


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Celebrity chef Richard Fox led a food waste cooking challenge at Shoreditch Town Hall last night (February 27) which aimed to raise awareness of the amount of food wasted in the home.


The event, which was organised by North London Waste Authority (NLWA), aimed to highlight the issue of food waste in by showing how leftovers can be transformed into delicious dishes.


The NLWA Members’ team of councillor Feryal Demirci, for the London borough of Hackney, and Councillor Richard Greening, for the London Borough of Islington, were the victors on the night. The NLWA team secured a narrow victory over the team led by Ella Clark from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (working on behalf of the London Waste and Recycling Board) and Amy North, features editor for letsrecycle.com with their recipe for vegetable biryani, flatbread and rice. The dish was produced entirely from leftovers that are often thrown away by householders.


The cookery challenge formed part of an event celebrating the NLWA’s 2013/14 waste prevention programme. The NLWA’s waste prevention programme supports residents of the seven North London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest), to reduce the amount of waste they produce through a variety of initiatives.


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At the event, councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, announced its ambition for the new waste prevention plan. Councillor Loakes said: "The new programme has set a target to reduce the amount of waste produced by 20,000 tonnes in the next two years, approximately 2% of last year’s waste arisings. This year will be an exciting start to this challenge.”


He also highlighted the Authority’s successes over the past 12 months which included being awarded a Gold Zero Waste Award for its waste prevention programme through the scheme organised by letsrecycle.com. As a result, the programme is automatically shortlisted for the Platinum Zero Waste Award at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management which are to take place at the Landmark Hotel in London on May 1 2014.


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