‘Chef Ahmed's Lebanese cookery class was fun and the food was delicious!’, said Haf Rees, Operations and Network Coordinator (London). ‘As well as learning the new recipe, I enjoyed listening to his stories and experiences in Lebanon.’
The AHRI also commissioned artists to join the sessions to create a record of the discussions and add to the conversations with their experience of migration.
‘The lockdown has hit migrant artists very badly so we commissioned three migrant artists to join the virtual cook-a-longs and produce artworks reflecting on the experience,’ explained Professor Anna Reading. ‘Now we will have vibrant material legacy for the future.’
One of these artists was Anna Virabyan, who previously collaborated with King’s Migration Research Group on the Migrant Voices in London project. After the Migrateful cookery session, Anna produced Watercolour Oriental Still Life, inspired by the memories it brought back of her childhood.