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22nd November 2010, 1:59pm
Celebrity chef to stir up students and staff
TV chef Richard Fox TV chef Richard Fox will be showing staff and students at the University of Lincoln how to reduce the amount of food they waste this Wednesday (24 November).

Richard, who has appeared on Channel 4, ITV4 and the BBC's Good Food Show, and worked alongside celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Gary Rhodes, will be demonstrating how to cook up tasty dishes from leftovers as part of the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign and to coincide with European Week for Waste Reduction.

He will be on the rotunda outside the Main Admin Building at approximately:

• 10.30am - 11.10am
• 12 noon - 12.40pm
• 1.20pm – 2pm
• 2.30pm - 3.10pm

A staggering £12 billion worth of food is thrown out every year in UK homes, with householders binning on average £480 per year. This increases to £680 per year for families with children - or £50 per month. As well as the cost, it also has a massive impact on the environment.

The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership has been given funding from WRAP - Waste & Resources Action Programme - to tackle this problem in the county by raising awareness of how people can reduce their food bills and the amount they throw away.

Other activities at the University for Love Food, Hate Waste this week include clips on Siren FM, banner stands in all of the cafés around Brayford campus, free bookmarks in the library and recipe cards and spaghetti measurers given out at the stands.

Johanna Walker is responsible for the campaign at the County Council. She said: “We throw food out for two main reasons: we let it go off, either completely untouched, or opened but not finished; or we cook or prepare too much. Wasting food has a huge environmental impact - if we stopped throwing food away, it would save the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s like taking one in every four cars off our roads.

“Food waste is damaging to the environment because producing, storing and getting the food to our homes uses a lot of energy and resources - all of which are wasted when food gets binned. We’re thrilled that Richard Fox will be giving us top tips and demonstrating how we can save money and waste less food.”

Members of the public are welcome to come and watch the cookery demos too.

For more on the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign visit:

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