Rugby mum cooks up a great idea

Sarah Campbell from The Cookery Club (right) with Sue Heath from SPEED Plus
Sarah Campbell from The Cookery Club (right) with Sue Heath from SPEED Plus

A Rugby mum-of-three has launched her own business to run children’s cookery parties teach nursery and primary school children about growing their own food.

Sarah Campbell became interested in growing her own food after moving from Glasgow with her two children, Cameron and Callum, to Brinklow.

The 32-year-old decided to develop her passion for cooking by forming The Cookery Club with help from SPEED Plus which gives students, graduates, alumni and staff of Coventry University the opportunity to develop a business idea alongside their studies or after graduation.

Sarah started growing her own food at home and is now passing on her skills.

She said: “When I had my two eldest boys in my late teens and early 20s, I cooked them quick, unhealthy food because I didn’t have the knowledge and understanding of eating good, healthy food.

“After we moved from city life in Glasgow to village life in Brinklow where people grew their own food and my youngest son, Myles, was born, it was a different way of life because I was creating nutritious home-grown food for my now three children and from that grew my business idea for The Cookery Club.”

Sarah has contacted local councils, schools and nurseries in the Rugby area about working with children about the food they can grow at home and in the schools’ gardens. She has plans to give the children seeds to encourage the idea of growing food at home.

She has also sourced miniature aprons, chef hats and utensils for the children’s parties where youngsters use Fairtrade ingredients to make healthy, stimulating party food in an environment with lots of hands-on learning along the way. Each child goes home with the goodies they have created along with a certificate and goody bag containing a gift.

Sarah said: “The children love it because they get messy and have fun tasting their creations. I held my first children’s party at Long Lawford Village Hall but they can be held in family homes as the parties are mobile.”

Sarah said the support from SPEED Plus has been invaluable and she is leaving her job at Coventry University’s Engineering and Computing department at the end of June to concentrate on The Cookery Club full-time.