Jeff Peters has found a charitable way to stir the British towards better cooking

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

Gordon RamsAy and Jamie Oliver are not the only ones trying to do something about the state of British cooking. Former Michelin-star chef Jeff Peters, who has worked with Mr Ramsay, has some strong concerns — and plans — of his own.

Mr Peters, 38, believes people no longer know how to cook, unlike previous generations. “We are living in an age of convenience,” says Mr Peters, who spent the 1990s as a chef in Claridge’s and The Square. “It is worrying, because we will lose the art of cooking, for instance if children see their parents getting takeaways.”

He is so concerned that the Hertfordshire resident is launching a charitable school to teach people how to cook. Proceeds will go to various cancer charities in memory of his mother, Linda, who died from cancer four years ago. The launch, to be held on May 17, is being sponsored by Ocado, Nestlé and celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson.

“The idea is to put on a food-and-wine extravaganza as a way of giving something back o the community,” says Mr Peters.

He believes there is no excuse for a poor diet among Jews. “There are so many simple things you can do with vegetables and meat that are in the dietary requirements of kashrut.” He suggests steamed fillet of seabass with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and tomatoes. For vegetarians, he suggests that now is a good time to have asparagus, cherries and mushrooms. And who would ignore a Michelin chef’s advice?

Last updated: 11:39am, May 8 2008