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31st August 2020
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Fisher & Paykel partner 'Ryan Riley's Life Kitchen' cookery school for those with cancer
Fisher & Paykel "honoured" to be a partner of Life Kitchen - a new, beautifully-designed cookery school from chef Ryan Riley that will offer free cookery classes for people living with cancer.
Ryan Riley, food writer and stylist, has opened the UK's first cookery school dedicated to people living with cancer in memory of his mother who passed away from small cell lung cancer in 2014. Chemotherapy treatments can affect people's tastes and appetites; Ryan aims to bring back the flavours and joys of cooking and eating through accessible and creative recipes.
Offering free cooking classes for people living with cancer, Ryan has hosted multiple pop-up cooking masterclasses at locations across the UK, and now the award-winning non-profit organisation has a new home in the North East. The cookery school is the result of a successful fundraising campaign and support from local and national businesses such as Fisher & Paykel, Sir Robert McAlpine and Ryder architecture.
Creator of Life Kitchen, Ryan Riley says: "I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Fisher & Paykel on the Life Kitchen Cookery School. Its products are intuitive, smart and beautiful and are the beating heart of the cookery school. I look forward to our guests cooking in the coming weeks!"
Helen Haider, head of marketing, Fisher & Paykel says: "The kitchen is the humble engine room in which we choose to live - where we create, socialise and enjoy the best that life has to offer. Cooking is a social activity, and even more so in a cookery school.
"You need to place appliances in the most logical places and make them easy to use, especially if the person using them is restricted with health or mobility. Have a multi-temperature CoolDrawer under the counter to reduce the need to get up to the fridge. Have the DishDrawer near the cookery workstations so the cook can just lean across and load the top drawer without bending too much. Most of all, have an intuitive oven so the cook can focus on the recipe rather than working on how to operate the oven.
"Ryder Architects and Ryan have created a wonderful working kitchen and cookery school that looks sleek and modern yet is still warm and inviting with a really accessible set up for patients, carers, friends and families. Ryan's dedication to getting this cookery school up and running and his creation of tasty recipes for people to cook and eat to boost their health is truly inspirational, we are very happy to be able to support Ryan is this wonderful project."
The school incorporates clever design to make cooking in the kitchen an effortless task. Fisher & Paykel's intuitive appliances make the cooking process as easy as possible. CoolDrawers are available at each station and can be switched from fridge to pantry mode depending on what's being cooked that day. Other appliances include large, American-style fridge freezers, ovens and induction hobs.
The flexibility of the products aims to eradicate any discomfort - the DishDrawer is ergonomically designed to open and close easily and when placed at bench height, removes the discomfort of bending to load and unload. The CoolDrawers are placed under the stations to ensure that each appliance is within close proximity to the food. Each station has been designed so that there is no need for excessive movement - everything you need is right in front of you.
The products complement the architectural design of efficiency and comfort.
Life Kitchen was officially opened on 4th June with a launch event by Nigella Lawson who has publicly supported the cookery school since its infancy. Our picture, courtesy of Chris Ord, shows her with Ryan.
7th June 2019