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Andy Parsons

This street food scheme trains prisoners as chefs

By Megan Carnegie

Half of prisoners re-offend within a year of leaving custody, but skills and employment can cut that rate. Liberty Kitchen is a social enterprise scheme teaching the tricks of the street food trade to former and current prisoners at HMP Pentonville.

As well as the knowledge and skills required to cook up a mean plate of meatballs, the chefs will leave the 12-week programme with an NVQ in Enterprise. With training like this, men (who make up 90 percent of the UK’s prison population) have better job prospects once they’re on the outside.

You can do your bit by getting your chops around the Liberty cooks’ Ball No Chain range at Kerb in King’s Cross or Leather Lane Market. Check out the project’s website to find out where the boys will be dishing up next.

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