Executive chef of The Ruby, and manager Mohim Uddin held Curry cooking classes at The New Direction life house. Run by The Salvation Army charity organisation, the New Direction provides support and accommodation for people experiencing homelessness, to help people get  into employment and able to support themselves.

Run over two days, two groups were first shown how a classic Chicken Bhuna curry is made, by Chef Hamid Uddin, then were given ingredients and equipment to make their own.

Bob, a resident who took part in a masterclass said” It was superb, and the best bit was eating the curry. It was kind of them to come and spend their time showing us how to do it.”

Mohim said “We wanted to see how we could give back to the local community. As part of our wider ‘Curry for a cause’ campaign, we approached the Salvation Army to see if we could help the residents of the Lifehouse. As the centre helps the residence to develop life skills, we thought cooking classes would be a great idea.”

Sharon Ralph, service manager at New Direction said “All too often people make sweeping judgements about people experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army wants people to see the individual and recognise their potential. I know the curry masterclasses would have encouraged our residents by letting them know people do care.”

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