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01 October 2020

Join a Migrateful online cookery class and learn about migration

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) is collaborating with the charity Migrateful on a new project - 'Kneading Knowledge' - to provide staff and students with the opportunity to participate in virtual cookery classes led by migrant and refugee chefs.

Migrateful online cookery classes
Migrateful online cookery classes

King’s students and staff are invited to sign up to online cookery classes organised as part of the Kneading Knowledge project in partnership with the charity Migrateful. The Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) is offering 10 places per cookery classes, with eight classes running across October and November 2020. Places usually cost £20 per person and whilst these costs will be covered, participants can also choose to donate money to Migrateful to support their important work.

Migrateful’s mission is to empower and celebrate asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to employment, independence and integration. They do this by offering cookery classes where migrant chefs share their native cuisine, culture and stories, thereby building greater intercultural understanding.

As part of 'Kneading Knowledge', online cookery classes will last between 1.5 to 2 hours and will be conducted as interactive cook-alongs with participants led step-by-step through two authentic recipes. Most chefs will teach vegetarian recipes (for non-vegetarian recipes, a vegetarian alternative will be offered) and will try to make recipes as accessible as possible in terms of ingredients you will likely find at home. Participants will be sent a list of ingredients and equipment after registration. Alongside teaching recipes, chefs will answer participants’ questions and share background about the dishes and a trained facilitator will also be on hand to help with any additional explanation or guidance. 

During cooking, participants will be invited to enjoy informal conversation on migration and belonging led by migration researchers from King’s. If they so choose, they can also share their own experiences of migration at follow-up interviews. At some of the classes, artists will be on-hand to capture experiences and to produce artworks in response. 

Dates and times for classes are below, with bookings available through the Kneading Knowledge webpage. Bookings are on a first come, first served basis. Please note that you can only sign up for a maximum of one session and must register with your KCL email address. There will be waiting list options available.

  • 6 – 7.30pm, Wednesday 21st October: Lebanese cuisine with Chef Ahmed
  • 6 – 7.30pm, Friday 23rd October: Albanian cuisine with Chef Deshira
  • 12 – 1.30pm, Wednesday 28th October: Angolan cuisine with Chef Edite
  • 6 – 7.30pm, Friday 30th October: Bengali cuisine with Chef Nahida
  • 6 – 7.30pm, Tuesday 3rd November: Cuban cuisine with Chef Lola
  • 12 – 1.30pm, Thursday 5th November: Syrian cuisine with Chef Majeda
  • 6 – 7.30pm, Tuesday 10th November: Iranian cuisine with Chef Parastoo
  • 6 – 7.30pm, Thursday 12th November: Nigerian cuisine with Chef Elizabeth

'Kneading Knowledge' builds on the success of the Breaking Bread project that ran in May 2020, but marks a new departure in that it will elicit rich research data on virtual learning of embodied knowledge of migration in several forms.

If you are unable to attend a class but would still like to donate to support Migrateful’s work, you can do so via their JustGiving page.

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