Recipes and reflections to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention from foodies all over the world
From Beder’s Kitchen
Razzak Mirjan and his family set up Beder, a charity in honour of his younger brother who sadly took his own life at the age of 18 in 2017, to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. This autumn they launch their first cook book, From Beder’s Kitchen, a collection of recipes and stories from amazing foodies around the world, including head and executive chefs at some of the UK’s leading restaurants, MasterChef winners, TV chefs, food bloggers, nutritionists, best-selling authors, newspaper journalists, Bake Off winners, mental health advocates and general foodies. There are 90 contributors in all, each sharing their favourite recipe as well as their reflections on looking after their mental health and how cooking has played a part.
Among those to take part are: Gordon Ramsay, world famous chef and TV personality; Yotam Ottolenghi, restaurateur, chef and best-selling author; Atul Kochhar, chef and TV regular; Carla Henriques, executive pastry chef at Hawksmoor; Romy Gill, chef and TV regular; Judy Joo, host of Korean Food Made Simple; Michael Zee, author and creator of Symmetry Breakfast; Joudie Kalla, author of Palestine on a Plate; Jack Blumenthal, chef and son of Heston; David Atherton, Great British Bake Off 2019 winner; Liz Earle, writer, TV presenter and author; Miles Kirby, chef director at Caravan.
Dishes are divided into 5 chapters: Start Your Day The Right Way, Happy Gut Happy Life, Fast Food (But Not As You Know It), Soul Food and Sweet Treats. Recipes include: Tahini Chicken Schnitzel from Yotam Ottolenghi; Beef Fajitas with Sour Cream & Guacamole from Gordon Ramsay; Coconut & Fermented Turmeric Rebus Roast Cauliflower from chef Daniel Watkins; Bourbon BBQ Turkey Tarragon Burger from MasterChef winner Simon Wood; and Olive Oil, Almond, Apricot & Tahini Cake from 2019 MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou.
Beder takes a unique approach to softly raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. Beder intends to increase understanding and reduce fear around the topics of mental health and suicide in order to conquer the stigma surrounding these incredibly important, yet underestimated, issues. Beder has partnered with YoungMinds, a leading mental health charity, and Samaritans, an established and highly respected charity, working across the UK and Ireland focused on reducing suicide. The aims of these partnerships are to harness the specialist knowledge of each charity, as well as promote and further both charities’ incredible work. You can find out more information about Beder at www.beder.org.uk and @beder_uk on social media.