Sumayya Usmani

Kaleyard Cook School

Type of Organisation: Social Enterprise

Tel: 07951764170


I am a food writer, columnist and cookery teacher as well as a pop up chef who is setting up Glasgow's first community cook school, called Kaleyard Cook School, which will be set up as a social enterprise. I have worked to teach kids how to cook in schools in Glasgow (with Food for Thought support) for free, as well as worked with teenager cooking programme called Root Camp last year. Additionally I am passionate about local, seasonal and ethical/ organic produce. My new cook school with work on teaching communities to cook from scratch, support all adults and kids too cook simple good food, connecting disadvantaged communities, ethnic population, over 50/60's reconnect and learn to enjoy good food together around a table, Using cooking and creating simple food filled with flavour together, as a connective tissue within Glasgow's communities. Having grown up in Pakistan and moved to Britain only 13 years ago, and being an immigrant myself, I understand first hand how important it is to use a positive tool to assist integration into community - and food is the best medium. I teach across the UK in some of the top cook schools , i have cooked in a London based community cook school and am the author of two award winning and nominated cook books and a weekly columnist for the Sunday Herald and a BBC Radio 4 and BBC Scotland broadcaster too. I am setting up my cook school initial in an existing CIC (Locavore) where I shall be hiring the kitchen to host my classes / pop ups.

Skills and resources

Skills and resources I/we can share

Home cooking - cookery teaching - food education - food writing

Skills and resources I/we need

social enterprise network - networking generally and support to grow my coo school

Activities & Interests

Home Gardening
Community Meals
Home Cooking
Environmental Issues