Cracking Good Food

A Not for Profit Social Enterprise

est 2010

Our mission is to promote cooking from scratch skills in local communities by delivering cooking courses and training, as part of a wider campaign for affordable, sustainable & healthier food for all.

We raise awareness & campaign against food waste, using surplus unwanted food that’s re-distributed via Fareshare Greater Manchester for all our Community cooking, thus diverting food from composting.

Cracking Good Food launched in March 2010, at Chorlton’s Big Green Festival, with the aim of getting more people in the North West to cook and eat homemade food, by teaching both the paying public and community groups.

We believe cooking is a vital life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn.


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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