Cracking Good Food

A Not for Profit Social Enterprise

est 2010

Cracking Good Food launched in 2010, with the aim of encouraging and supporting more people to cook affordable, seasonal and nutritious homemade food from scratch.

Driven by our belief that EVERYONE deserves good food, our mission is simple: to work collaboratively with others to eradicate food poverty and increase food sustainability in Greater Manchester.

We enthuse, encourage, and teach individuals and groups how to source and cook affordable, healthy, and tasty food from scratch, whilst minimising both food waste and our environmental impact.

We do this by delivering accessible and empowering cooking courses and training, as part of a wider campaign for affordable, sustainable & healthier food for all. During Covid we have harnessed over 8980 of volunteer hours to cook & distribute over 65,000 meals for people in need of support across Greater Manchester.

Throughout all of our work, we strive to show by example that eating sustainably and seasonally is both possible and affordable.

You can read our 10 year summary here.


As a company and as individuals we value:

  • Co-operative and collaborative working

  • Flexibility and enthusiasm

  • Integrity and honesty

  • Care for customers as well as food

  • Respect for our environment

  • Supporting the local economy

  • Fair pay

  • Constructive self-criticism and organisational improvement

  • Sustainability, as individuals, as an organisation and in a wider context


Amanda Aiken

Kala Mandviwala

Marcello Ghiretti

Sam Sin

Rob Tomlinson

Meet The Rest of The Team


We endeavour to work with people who share our concerns about global sustainability. In our day-to-day work, we raise the issues in the hope that we can encourage positive change. We feel strongly about shopping sustainability and seasonally to support the local economy as well as the global environment. Ingredients for our cooking sessions are sourced from independent shops: we buy fresh, seasonal, organic and Fair-trade produce where possible.

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We strongly believe that we can only achieve our aims through collaborating with like-minded organisations. We work alongside Feeding Manchester, The Kindling Trust, Manchester Veg People, Fareshare and Friends Of The Earth.

Within CGF we ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

We pay a minimum of £9.50 per hour, 20p more than the official hourly rate. This is for all our team, with no exceptions for those under 25.

All Living costs have to be met irrespective of age.

In 2018 we won the Spirit of Manchester awards. Watch our video which was voted upon by the public.

The revenue generated by our Cookery School helps support our range of community projects.

We teach how to cook affordable, healthy and tasty food from scratch within communities experiencing food poverty.

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