Meghan cooked up a storm yesterday at the Hubb Community Kitchen
Duchess Meghan's first solo charity project has been a resounding success! She helped the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, who used the kitchen to meet and cook in after the disaster, write the cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook, which became an instant hit and even became number one on the Amazon bestseller list. Yesterday the Duchess visited the kitchen once again to see it in all its redesigned glory.
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Today, The Duchess of Sussex introduced her friend and Michelin Starred Chef @chefclaresmyth to the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how the proceeds from 'Together: Our Community Cookbook' are making a difference. Thanks to the funds raised by Together, the kitchen has been renovated with the women's input, to capture the joyful spirit of the Hubb Community Kitchen and provide a safe and professional space to bring the community together over food. The women are now able to use the kitchen seven days a week, and have been empowered to start their own new projects to help others in their community. #CookTogether
Wearing a dress and coat by Club Monaco, Meghan was warmly welcomed as she arrived at the Hubb Community Kitchen. The kitchen was used by the women of Grenfell Tower, following the devastating fire there in June 2017, to cook and meet friends.
The Duchess first met the women who cook there before she even married Prince Harry, back in January 2018 and it was her idea to publish a cookbook of the women's favourite recipes.
The women and Meghan celebrated the launch of their joint project at Kensington Palace this September.
A Connection to the Community Kitchen
Meghan was invested in the project from the start, in the book's foreword she states, "I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together".
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The Duchess of Sussex visited the Hubb Community Kitchen to join the preparations as the women cooked 300 meals for the local community, and heard about some of the new outreach projects at the kitchen started by the women. These include a scheme to deliver nutritious meals for women on maternity wards, and a group offering a safe space for women affected by domestic violence. The women also talked to The Duchess and @chefclaresmyth about their long-term vision for the Kitchen, and how they hope to use further proceeds from Together to reach even more people in their community. #CookTogether
When Meghan first visited the kitchen she was certainly not treated as an A-lister and instead, an "apron was quickly wrapped around" her and she found herself "washing the rice for lunch".
The kitchen is now open seven days a week and has been completely redesigned thanks to the cookbook's success. The Duchess and her friend, Michelin star chef Clare Smyth, helped them prepare two hundred meals for locals in need, including those in care homes, homeless shelters and women's shelters. The women also talked about their vision for the kitchen's future, and their hope to be able to help even more people in need.