Cooking up a storm at Whitley Bay market

A leading chef is hoping to cook up a storm at a community market.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 6:44 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd August 2019, 10:53 am
Sam Storey, who will be at the Green Beans Community Market.

Sam Storey, a 2018 BBC Food and Farming finalist for ‘cook of the year’, is serving up the chance for volunteers to hone their culinary skills and support cancer survivors at the same time.

He is launching North Tyne Cooks – a pop up kitchen which will be at Sunday’s Green Beans Market at Whitley Bay Metro Station.

This is his latest collaboration with Dr Duika Burges Watson, a lecturer at Newcastle University and leading authority on the relationship between food and well-being.

North Tyne Cooks are aiming to provide a fun and enjoyable opportunity for volunteers interested in cooking to offer other events to raise money for charitable work in the local community.

Sam said: “We set up a temporary kitchen in the Station Masters Garden and offered a range of foods on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

“Because of the help of the volunteers, we were able to serve delicious food and raise £500 for charitable cancer work.”

Duika said: “We are hoping to have a longer list of volunteers. We are looking for people who care about cooking and the community to sign up and dig in when we run events for charity.”

The market is one of several projects to benefit from the support of Nexus, which owns the Whitley Bay station.

Over the last ten years surplus buildings and land have been used by the local community to create not-for-profit organisations – The Green Beans Community Market, the Yoga Station and the Station Master’s Community Wildlife Garden. Planning is now underway for the development of the Lamp Light multi-media studio and Altered Eating food hub.

Duika said: “We are so grateful to Nexus for its vision and generosity.

“All the community projects at the Station have made such a difference to the community here. The North Tyne Cooks is an exciting new addition and we think it will also be a great success.”

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “It’s great to see another worthwhile addition to the community market at Whitley Bay Metro station.

“It’s a brilliant idea. This is an outstanding example of local people coming together to bring new life to an historic station and make it the beating heart of a community.

“We have worked with local people over the last ten years to turn derelict land and empty store rooms into thriving community resources, while also supporting the growth of the monthly Green Beans Market and the station’s café and bar.”

The Green Beans Market is held on the last Sunday of the month at the Whitley Bay Metro Station.