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MasterChef champion teams up with University of Cumbria

Irini Tzortzoglou, who won TV series MasterChef in 2019 is teaming up with the University of Cumbria to offer students cookery classes.

The six free sessions, called Uni.Yum, will begin on January 27.

Irini will present a 45-minute session from the kitchen of her home in Cartmel, south Cumbria.

Via Microsoft Teams, students will be invited to create dishes in real time with Irini and join in live and interactive Q&As.

The scheme aims to help students at University of Cumbria learn to cook satisfying and nutritious meals for themselves and others, on a budget and using basic ingredients and equipment.

Crete-born Irini said: “I am thrilled to be sharing with students some of my cooking knowledge, tips and tricks.

“These are no ordinary cookery classes as Uni.Yum will include advice on shopping, cooking and eating mindfully,  aiming for a healthy and happy time on campus and beyond while increasing confidence and creativity.

“Uni.Yum is also going to break up time studying and being at home during lockdown.

“Eating food is often also a shared experience and I hope this will give University of Cumbria students across the country and beyond a chance to cook dishes for loved ones and others where that is possible.”