Stratford chef saddles up for charity - The Stratford Observer

Stratford chef saddles up for charity

Stratford Editorial 16th Apr, 2024   0

A FUNDRAISING chef from Stratford is getting out of the kitchen and onto his bike.

Paul Foster, head chef at Salt in Church Street, will be cycling 500km from London to Paris on September 25 to raised much-needed funds for Farm Africa.

Today, over half of the world’s extreme poor live in sub-Saharan Africa. The vast majority work in agriculture.

Farm Africa reduces poverty by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more.

Working in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Farm Africa is growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural areas.

Paul has set himself a fundraising target of £2,500.

He said people’s donations could help a charity close to his heart in a variety of ways.

Paul continued: “Just £5 could help to buy 10kg of forage seeds, so that farmers can grow food for their livestock. A donation of £11 could provide training to one woman in high-quality coffee production in Uganda, £16 could help to pay for a farmer to hire help to bring in his harvest, £22 could help to establish a forest products enterprise, £60 is enough to buy two local female goats for pastoralist women in Ethiopia, while £100 could help to provide two farmers with the means to start a beekeeping business, including a hive, beekeeping equipment and a bee colony.”

Paul became passionate about food at a young age, helping to cook in his parent’s pubs in Coventry.

During a career spanning more than 25 years, he has achieved a Michelin star, 3 AA rosettes, a place in the top 50 UK restaurants in The Good Food Guide, been awarded Observer Food Monthly ‘Young Chef of the Year’ and The Good Food Guide ‘Best Up and Coming Chef’ award.

He has also appeared on television in shows including the Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen and James Martin’s Saturday morning show.

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