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Global Kitchen with Soft Touch Arts

Global Kitchen is a collaborative project between Soft Touch Arts and Journeys Festival International (produced by ArtReach) that began in 2018.


Global Kitchen welcomes sanctuary seekers from across Leicester to train in Soft Touch Arts’ Kitchen with chef Linton Magume, who is originally from Zimbabwe. Together they share dishes from their homelands, recipes from their childhood or family homes whilst Linton trains them in the culinary skills required to cook for the public in a series of community meals which take place at Soft Touch Arts Centre on New Walk. During these sessions people attending get to mix with and meet the chefs, learn about and help prepare the dishes they’re going to eat and then share in the culinary delights that were whipped up that day!


Over the next year we will collect recipes from the community meals to create a Global Kitchen cookbook that will be available to buy so that you can learn to cook dishes from many different nations at home to share with your family and friends.

Click here to see the digital #GlobalKitchen Cook-along with live Q&A for Refugee Week. 

Click here to see the digital #GlobalKitchen Cook-along from the 2020 festival.

Global Kitchen was generously funded through a Spacehive Campaign, we are incredibly thankful to BID Leicester, Mayor Peter Soulsby’s Community Fund, British Red Cross Family Reunion Integration Service, Leicester City Council Ward funding and over 50 generous local souls that have enabled us to develop this project. Thank you!

Global Kitchen (Credit YELStudio Media)
Ref Week

Featuring dishes from across the globe, the Global Kitchen project is launching online for Refugee Week 2020 with a cook-along plus live Q&A streamed event! 


Join us and with Zimbabwean chef, Linton Magume, to learn how to cook a tasty kidney bean stew and coconut rice, and have your own global dinner party at home.

A playlist and bespoke recipe cards illustrated by Emma Dibben, will accompany the event, and we can't wait to see the results of your cookalong parties at home by uploading them to social media with the #GlobalKitchen.

You can find your recipe cards for Coconut Rice and Kidney Bean Stew here. Remember to share your dishes with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @Journeysfest #GlobalKitchen. 


There's also six recipes from Global Kitchen 2019 for you to download and try at home too. There's some mouth-watering recipe's there from all over the world.

Plus, don't forget on you can cook-along with a fresh new Journeys Festival International Spotify playlist too!



Share your dishes with #GlobalKitchen


Try these tasty recipes from the volunteer chef's from around the world.

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