Falcons whip up a Christmas feast


A group of Newcastle Falcons’ players recently undertook a Jamie’s Ministry of Food Christmas Cookery class at the Food Nation Cooking Skills Centre in Heaton, Newcastle.

Food Nation is a social enterprise passionate about food, nutrition and health and provides innovative food and nutrition services to schools, businesses and communities across the North-East of England. Working in partnership with Jamie Oliver’s Better Food Foundation, Food Nation are delivering the Ministry of Food cookery courses throughout Newcastle.

Organised as part of The Rugby Players’ Association’s Player Development Programme (PDP), the six players in attendance spent the 90 minute class learning several techniques for food preparation such as the correct chopping technique, knife skills, heat control and time management.

Joined by their RPA Player Development Manager, Mandy Thompson, the players were also given the opportunity to witness a professional chef prepare and cook several well-known Christmas recipes, before trying their own hand at replicating and experimenting with different ingredients.

Falcons’ centre Juan Pablo Socino was one player who thoroughly enjoyed the experience: “It was really good fun and gave the guys the opportunity to learn some great cooking tricks and recipes. I have been to a couple cooking courses in the past, but this was definitely the most rewarding as the team at Food Nation were superb and Mandy from the RPA really encouraged us to all get involved. I learnt several new recipes which will come in handy over the upcoming Christmas period. And coming from Argentina, the foods we eat over the festive season are incredibly different to that of the UK, therefore I now feel fully equipped to cook up a great Christmas lunch.