Inmates cook up a storm in Changi catering kitchen as part of training, rehab programme, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – When father-of-two Faruk was sentenced to seven years and 10 months’ jail in 2017 for drug-related offences, he did not expect to find a passion for decorating cakes or learning how to fold pastries while behind bars.

The 38-year-old, who declined to give his full name, spends six days a week in a kitchen as part of his work programme during his incarceration in the Changi Prison Complex.

While his family has yet to try his creations, the former mechanic hopes to make his sons, aged 12 and 13, their favourite strawberry cheesecake, when he is released.

“My family was surprised that I could bake cakes. I could see from their faces that they are happy I’m learning because I have never done this kind of thing before,” said Faruk in a phone interview on Wednesday (Oct 7). “(In the kitchen,) I learnt how to be patient, relax, and come up with more ideas to decorate (the cakes).”

He hopes to work in a pastry shop after his release.

About 30 or so inmates are chosen every year to work in The Changi Tearoom, after they have attended correctional programmes that support their rehabilitation.

They are chosen based on interest or prior experience working in the food and beverage sector. Other programmes include tailoring workshops and working in call centres.

Located in the prison complex, the catering kitchen serves as an industry-standard training ground for offenders.

It is managed by YR Industries, a subsidiary of the Yellow Ribbon Singapore. While the public can usually order catering services from the kitchen, it currently serves only prison staff in the light of Covid-19 safety measures.

Another offender, who wanted to be known only as Michael, said he refined his skills in The Changi Tearoom kitchen.

He is serving a 5½ years’ jail term for drug-related offences. The 29-year-old had previously worked as a chef for a decade before his incarceration in 2018.


Singapore Chefs’ Association chef mentor Dexter Lim (left) plating a course created with Michael. PHOTO: SINGAPORE PRISON SERVICE

He said: “I feel very lucky and very blessed to have this opportunity because there are only so many of us and (I am) able to gain something during this time.”

Michael plans to cook his family and friends a three-course feast after his release. “They deserve everything since I put them through so much and they’ve stood by me, so I want to do what I can for them.”

Faruk, Michael and the other chefs are in the midst of rolling out six-course meals for an online silent auction on Oct 22.

Four sets, each enough to feed four, will be delivered to the highest bidders, with all proceeds going to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

The menu includes main course options of chicken roulade served with carrot mash and confit asparagus, or seared salmon with butter glazed vegetables, roast potatoes and oriental celery pesto. Dessert will be a florentine blueberry vanilla cheesecake.

They are being mentored by the Singapore

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“Cook Like a Firefighter” competition raises awareness about kitchen fire safety

Fire departments across Arizona come together to raise money for the Arizona Burn Foundation.

PHOENIX — Firefighters across Arizona are pulling out all the stops for a big cook-off competition called “Cook Like a Firefighter.”

It’s not just about culinary skills, it’s to raise awareness about kitchen fire safety.

“We invited all of the fire departments across the state of Arizona,” said Mik Milem, Chief Operations Officer at the Arizona Burn Foundation, an organization working to help burn survivors and their families and raise awareness about fire safety.

While a lot of their regular community events are on hold due to COVID-19, they decided to improvise.

“We came up with this idea of doing a ‘cook like a firefighter’ competition,” he said.

The competition, a fun and mouth-watering way to get the community involved and educated on kitchen fire safety, shows support for the state firefighters.

Each department put together their favorite station staple recipe to show off and fight for the prize.

More than a dozen fire departments jumped on board and they had a lot of fun filming in the kitchen, cooking up tasty dishes.

“We told them, be fun but also put some fire safety and cooking safety instructions in there… firefighters lived up to that challenge,” said Milem.

Firefighters made everything from simple pancakes to tri-tip sandwiches.

“Energy balls, I think there’s two different kinds of burgers,” he said.

It’s easy to get involved and vote for your favorite recipe too, by donating to the Arizona Burn Foundation.

“All the money goes back to the fire departments by providing them free smoke alarms and free children’s education programing for them to go out into the community with,” he said.

The event is based on learning new recipes while providing necessary safety tips.

“To help prevent injuries from ever taking place,” he said.

To check out the recipes and vote for your favorite, visit the competition website.

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Inside Kate Middleton and Prince William’s kitchen: what the family love to cook


Sophie Hamilton




Oh for a tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s kitchen! We bet they have the most beautiful bespoke units, an AGA oven and all kinds of modern appliances.

We do know that Duchess Kate is a fan of home cooking and loves to get her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis involved in baking. Prince William has also spoken of his cooking skills in the past – more about that below!

We’ve got all the details on the royal family of five’s favourite homemade dishes – from healthy breakfast drinks to Italian-style lunches, wholesome suppers and sweet treats. Find out more…

MORE: The Queen’s preferred tastes revealed: Marmite and crust-free sandwiches!

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Pizza making!

Making pizzas from scratch is lots of fun and the Cambridge children enjoy it too. During an outing to St Luke’s Community Centre in London, Kate revealed how her kids love creating their own pizzas.

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Speaking to a member, Yolanda from Bolivia, Kate said: “I’ve done that with George and Charlotte – making pizza dough. They love it because they can get their hands messy.”

Turning to an interpreter, she continued: “I was just saying how I really enjoy making pizza dough with George and Charlotte because they like getting their hands messy.”

MORE: 20 surprising facts about the Queen’s royal banquets

READ: Where does Kate Middleton shop? The royal’s go-to supermarkets revealed

 

William’s steak

Dad William spoke about his culinary skills back in 2017, explaining: “I do like cooking, but I’m not very good.”

During his visit to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the royal revealed that his signature dish is steak but he struggles to cook it for the right amount of time.

“I get really worried about cooking it – I hate over-cooking steak,” he said. “I like it medium-rare, so quite alive.”

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Prince William is also quite the pro on the barbecue

MORE: Kate Middleton’s daily diet revealed – what the Duchess eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Baking cakes

When mum-of-three Kate appeared alongside TV cook Mary Berry in A Berry Royal Christmas in December 2019, the Duchess revealed her passion for baking birthday cakes for her children.

Kate said: “I love making the cake. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up ’til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it.”

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Kate and William joined Mary Berry on TV

 

Roast dinners

Everyone loves a tasty, comforting roast dinner, don’t they? Well, the Cambridges sure do.

In 2012, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair of the Duchess: “In

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Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook: Princes’ Islands


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Men Who Cook and local restaurants teaming up for Hope House and abused kids | St. Tammany community news

While demand for the services of a local center that combats child sexual abuse increased right along with COVID-19, the prospects for the big fundraiser the nonprofit Hope House depends on for half its budget appeared diminished.

At that point, supporters of the Children’s Advocacy Center-Hope House in Covington got creative.

The group has decided to pivot in order to bring the popular culinary competition (and Hope House fundraiser) “Men Who Cook” to a larger audience than what St. Tammany Parish residents are used to seeing, said Thomas Mitchell, the executive director of Hope House.

Instead of a traditional one-night event, celebrity chefs on the Men Who Cook 2020 Team will partner with more than 10 local restaurants between Oct. 5 and Nov. 8 to present “Hope House Weeks.”

Donations can be made on-site or online through Nov. 8 at support.cachopehouse.org/MWC2020.

The restaurants will offer special deals for patrons who donate to help their celebrity chef compete for the Most Money Raised for Hope House award. And a panel of judges will sample a highlighted dish from each restaurant to determine the winner of the Judges’ Choice award.

It will be a win-win because it has been so been difficult for both nonprofits and restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic, Mitchell said. And he hopes the public will patronize the restaurants and the teams to help create more public awareness of Hope House.

“While there is a pandemic, there is also an epidemic of child sexual abuse,” Mitchell said. “We’re seeing greater numbers because kids are stuck at home or because parents have to rely on child care they otherwise would not have relied on before the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center-Hope House is the only agency in St. Tammany and Washington parishes that provides mandated forensic interviews for children when there are allegations of abuse.

The center does not investigate allegations on its own; there must be a law enforcement investigation, Mitchell said.

“There were 336 kids who came into the CAC in 2019 to disclose sexual abuse because of a pending investigation,” Mitchell said. “When the forensic recordings were used, 96.1% of those cases charged, resulted in convictions.”

From January through June, the CAC has already served 189 youth, which puts the group on track to surpass its 2019 sex abuse numbers.

Hope House provides a child-centered environment that houses a staff of eight and a multidisciplinary team with representatives from 12 other agencies who are part of the investigations.

Mitchell moved here from Tennessee to become the executive director three years ago and has since implemented a program of recovery for the young clients. Hope House can provide up to 12 or 16 months of free “trauma-focused counseling,” an evidence-based treatment program for PTSD and recovery from sexual abuse.

“We’re privileged to work with kids and see their recovery,” he said.

Mitchell also initiated a free education program to prevent child sexual abuse. The age-appropriate classes for youth in prekindergarten through high school is called Play it

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Watching Jeff Mauro Cook With His Son on ‘The Kitchen’ is Helping Fans Through Hard Times

These are difficult days for everyone. Pandemic depression is real, and it’s touching most Americans. Even Michelle Obama admitted to being depressed due to the current global situation. Some things are making people feel a little better, however.

Actors, comedians, and artists are working harder than ever to keep peoples’ spirits up during this difficult time. Many shows are still being filmed, but actors can’t go to studios.

That means they’re opening up their homes, and recording themselves in their own houses so that fans can get the content they crave. Jeff Mauro, Food Network star, is one such celeb. Fans are forever grateful that he stepped up to film from his own kitchen. 

Jeff Mauro is the perfect person to lift spirits during quarantine 

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When Mauro announced he would be doing episodes of The Kitchen from his own kitchen during lockdown, it seemed like a perfect fit. Mauro has two passions: comedy, and food.

On the Food Network, he’s able to combine them. Now, if it’s one thing people need, it’s comedy. A lockdown cooking show seems perfect for Mauro’s particular skill set. 

But setting up his New Jersey home wasn’t easy for this Chicago native. He went from a 70 person crew to himself, his son, and his wife. They surrounded the kitchen with multiple iPhones and iPads, as well as a laptop for Zoom conferencing with hi co hosts, Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian.

He didn’t even have all the food and spices he would normally have on set. Mauro and his family resorted to frozen salmon for their first lock down episode.

According to Mauro via Chicago Tribune: “Luckily we had enough salmon frozen that we could do this recipe. We do not have the resources that we normally do for ‘The Kitchen.’ We have the same stuff that everybody else has. It made it that much more special.”

Fans loved Jeff Mauro’s son Lorenzo 

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Something else made Jeff Mauro cooking at home during quarantine special for fans. Not only was he in his normal kitchen, using things he had at home like “everybody else,” but he was with his family.

Like most Americans, Mauro had his son Lorenzo with him full time during lockdown, and he didn’t shut him out of the kitchen to film for the Food Network. Instead, Lorenzo was right there with him, and fans loved it. 

One fan on Reddit wrote: “Any scene with Jeff and Lorenzo always brightens my day. I melted when Lorenzo said he makes grilled cheese very expertly (pun not intended).”

Other fans agreed, and say that the channel has done a good job adapting to the ‘new normal’ of coronavirus lock down. 

Geoffrey Zakarian is a ‘sous chef’ at home, and fans are here for it 

Fans are seeing new sides of their favorite celebrity chefs, and they’re loving it. Mauro was always

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