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Life Kitchen is a not-for-profit cookery school for people with cancer, focused on taste and flavour. It is run by co-founders Ryan Riley, author, cook and food stylist, and Kimberley Duke, recipe developer, trained chef and food stylist.
During chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatment, a lot of patients lose or experience changes to their sense of taste. This is a really difficult side effect that can make mealtimes difficult and isolating. This is something people with Covid-19 have also been affected by. We’re here to change that.
We want to to help everyone affected by taste loss enjoy food again.
Life Kitchen is backed by science. We are advised by Professor Barry Smith, the founder of the Centre for Study of the Senses. Professor Smith guides the Life Kitchen team on our recipes and ingredients so that people living with an altered sense of taste get enjoyment out of food. More recently we have also been working with AbScent’s founder Chrissi Kelly, who has given us great insight into the effects of Covid-19 on smell and smell loss alongside Dr Duika Burges Watson from Altered Eating.
Your donations help us to continue to provide free information and classes to people experiencing changes to their taste and smell as a result of cancer and Covid-19 . It helps us put joy back on the menu for people struggling at mealtimes.
In 2021 we would like to be able to bring on board a new teacher to help us deliver more classes across the UK, as well as raise awareness of the issues people with taste loss experience. We also want to continue to develop delicious recipes to help people enjoy food again.
As a not-for-profit, we are reliant on grants and donations to keep Life Kitchen running, so we greatly appreciate any contributions.