We’re thrilled to see another new COOK shop open today. The lovely COOK Ringwood at the Furlong Shopping Centre opened its doors to the public for the very first time this morning at 9am. Edward, who co-founded COOK with chef Dale Penfold in 1997, was there to welcome the manager Andy and the rest of the team to the family.
The COOK shop on Abbeville Road in Clapham opened its doors again last week after a month-long makeover. After serving the community for over a decade, it’s fitting that it has been given such a impressive upgrade.
If you want to see a COOK spread in action, here’s a video of our founders, Edward and Dale, and some of the team giving it a thorough test. We made this for Facebook, where the average video view is 2 seconds. This runs for 34 minutes, making the social media equivalent of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Still, more than 100 people watched it all. And they say social media is a waste of time…
This time of year is always a little nerve-wracking at COOK, as we wait to hear from the Guild of Fine Food about the Great Taste Awards. The results finally arrived last week and we’re chuffed to tell you that 14 COOK dishes won a coveted star this year.
Dish of the Dale this week is our lovely new Balinese Vegetable Curry. Inspired by the cuisine of the exotic, volcanic island of Bali, this pot is erupting with flavour: chunky butternut squash, kale and sliced red onions in a rich, aromatic curry sauce made with lemongrass and coconut milk, over brown rice. Dairy free and clocking in at a very reasonable 293 calories, it microwaves in minutes.
At the COOK Kitchen we actively recruit people who might otherwise struggle to find a job. People like Red, who after a tough childhood ended up in prison. Here’s a moving short film about his road to redemption which might prompt you to ask yourself: would you be prepared to give someone like Red a second chance?
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Only by working together as one team can we achieve our goals. We all have different roles, different abilities and different personalities: by collaborating we can do remarkable things. We look out for each other, look after each other and muck in where necessary. Like all families, sometimes we’ll fall out but we always make up after a row.