IN AN effort to ignite love for cooking among pupils and single mothers, a primary school in Penang has built a community kitchen to hold cookery lessons.
‘Love Kitchen’, as it is called, occupies part of the canteen at SJK(C) Li Tek Cawangan in Weld Quay, George Town, Penang.
SJK(C) Li Tek Alumni Association secretary Lee Thuan Chye said interested pupils could stay back after school every Friday to attend free cooking classes as part of their extracurricular activities.
“Love Kitchen was initiated by chef Philip Yoong who succumbed to cancer last year.
“It was his intention to set up a kitchen to teach pupils and single mothers.
“To fulfil his wishes, we completed setting up this community kitchen in December last year.
“We hope that Love Kitchen will help single mothers generate some income for themselves, ” he said while at the school to announce a fundraising cooking event.
Lee said a charity cooking demonstration by local chefs Yim Soot Pheng, Yoong Toy Heng and Khor Kai Wern would be held at Love Kitchen on March 25 at 7pm.
“We hope to raise RM20,000 through the event to raise funds to buy cooking equipment for the Love Kitchen.
“All along, the teachers have been bringing their own ovens, stoves and cooking appliances from home to prepare dishes during class.
“The money raised will also be used to buy raw ingredients for the dishes, ” he said.
Yim, 75, is a culinary teacher at the Penang Buddhist Free School in Jalan Burma.
“I decided to join the event to teach students and single mothers the healthy and easy way to prepare dishes, ” the retired company secretary said.
Khor, 21, an international culinary arts undergraduate, said she was happy to give back to the community through the cooking event.
Khor recently won a silver medal in the pastry artistic category at the 25th IKA Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, Germany.
“I am looking forward to cooking for the audience and hope to inspire everyone, especially the young, ” she said.
The event is organised by the SJK (C) Li Tek Cawangan Parent-Teacher Association with the co-operation of the SJK (C) Li Tek Alumni Association.
Admission is free. There will be a lucky draw session priced at RM20 during the event.
Attendees who sign up for the lucky draw will be entitled to a goodie bag and other attractive prizes.
For more details, call the school at 04-262 9480 or Lee (012-478 2894).
Also present at the press conference were school head- mistress Lee Tean Chin, senior assistant Tan Lee Ching and PTA chairman Tan Pei Huang.
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