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Life Kitchen – the UK’s first cookery school for people living with cancer

Designed by chef Ryan Riley, the kitchen is stacked with Fisher & Paykel’s intuitive appliances
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 17-06-2019 09:00am

Life Kitchen will offer free cookery classes for people living with cancer.

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Food writer and stylist, Ryan Riley beautifully designed the cookery school in memory of his mother who passed away from lung cancer in 2014. With chemotherapy treatments affecting people’s tastes and appetites, Ryan hopes to bring back the flavours and joys of cooking and eating through accessible and creative recipes. He started out by hosting multiple pop-up cooking masterclasses around 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.


“I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Fisher & Paykel on the Life Kitchen Cookery School,” says Ryan. “Their 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!”

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.

Ryan Riley and Nigella Lawson (photo credit: Chris Ord)


Life Kitchen officially opened on the 4th of June with a launch event by Nigella Lawson.

Credit: Life Kitchen Cookery School (Cover image)

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