Cook Along!

Our fantastically talented Cooking Leader Ngwafu recently collaborated with In Our Nature Manchester for a cook-along via Instagram Live. Here’s the video for those who missed it – full of great tips on seasonal, affordable and simple cooking and eating. Keep your eyes peeled for Ngwafu’s Vegan West African Cookery School classes coming soon from Cracking Good Food… book online at – you can also find details on our website of how you can support our fight against food insecurity in Greater Manchester and beyond.

Nathanial Hall Volunteers in our Community Kitchen

Shobna Gulati – Cooking at Celebrity Best Home Cook

Shobna Gulati talks about cooking at the Celebrity Best Home Cook programme.

Shobna Gulati – Cooking for her Mum

Shobna Gulati talks about cooking for her mum.

Shobna Gulati – Her Favourite Affordable Comfort Meal

Shobna Gulati talks about her favourite affordable comfort food.

Shobna Gulati – About Learning to Cook Food

Shobna Gulati talks about being taught to cook by her mum when growing up.

Gorton support

Part of our Crowdfunding appeal to help us open a 3rd kitchen. Councillor John Hughes and Reverand Craig tell us about the impact Cracking Good Food’s homemade ready meals have on the communities of East Manchester.

Cracking Good Food Coronavirus Appeal

A video documenting our Coronavirus Appeal which has delivered over 65,000 meals across geographical areas so far!

Spotlight on Social Enterprises

Tracey Torley, one of the directors for social enterprise Cracking Good Food in Manchester, talks to us about how they have changed the way they have been working through Covid-19 and gives her tips and advice on working with and selling to businesses.

Christmas staff videos

Breadmaking with Rob

Whilst our Cookery School is on hold for lockdown, here’s a taster of the popular breadmaking sessions led by our resident baker Rob. If you enjoyed this film, we’d be very grateful if you could show your appreciation by donating to our Covid 19 response fund. Cookery School bookings are open for autumn and winter, check out the full schedule here.

Community Cooks & the fruits of their labour

Cooking in the Longford Centre

Filmed and narrated by an ex-resident who now assists & leads with Rob, our cook in the cooking sessions at the Longford Centre.

Cooking in the Community

We’ve cooked with over 150 community organisations since setting up in 2010. Everyone deserves good, healthy & nutritious food, and it’s very affordable if you know what to cook and how!


Short trailer for “Adrift” by Clara Casian (20 mins). This Lottery Funded project & film was about raising awareness of the complex issues surrounding homelessness. It aimed to highlight the facts and the misconceptions about homelessness in the hope that attitudes change.


We ran a pilot cooking session in Partington, in collaboration with The Bread & Butter Thing, where we cooked with ingredients that had been given out that day to the public. We found that many did not not how to cook basic vegetables like courgettes, squashes or aubergines, preventing them from making use of their food. By having a cook on site, to talk through the cooking of the ingredients, allowing people to taste what can be done, was very inspiring for everyone.

Community Cooking

Here’s a little oversight of the work that we do in the community – cooking from scratch, empowering communities to eat well.

Good food is very affordable if you know what to cook and how.


A 2-day course designed to identify, skill & empower communities to set up community cooking clubs.

Our Volunteers

We could not run the number of cooking sessions that we do without our wonderful Volunteers.

They are invaluable, but equally we hope that we enrich their lives too. Here are some volunteers talking about their experiences whilst helping us with an event run at the Whitworth Art Gallery for the public as part of the Manchester International Festival 2017.

Cookery School

Spirit of Manchester Roadshow 2017

Eat It Fresh

Feeding the 5000

Cooking in the Longford Centre

Filmed and narrated by an ex-resident who now assists & leads with Rob, our cook in the cooking sessions at the Longford Centre.