The football star and anti-poverty activist has been leading the charge against food poverty among young people in the UK, famously forcing the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reverse a decision to cut funding for free school dinners last year. Rashford has put his fame to good use to affect positive change in the lives of Britain’s underprivileged youth. He supports a legal right to food in the UK, while another of his campaigns encouraged youngsters to read more.
Now he is teaming up with three-Michelin-star chef and television personality Tom Kerridge to create a video series called Full Time, which teaches time-and-cash-poor youth and their parents how to cook healthy, nutritious and cheap meals.
The Hand and Flowers chef Kerridge is a regular feature on British television, and his own recent weight-loss journey is something he has been very vocal about in order to help others eat more healthily.
Rashford has made no secret of his own childhood experiences with poverty, and the Full Time series of 52 recipes aims to empower young people with the skills to make their food budgets go further, but also to endow them with the life skills to provide for their own nutrition into adulthood.
The Full Time menu – a new recipe to be posted on the @FullTimeMeals Instagram account every Sunday morning for the next year – includes simple family favourites that all children will enjoy, such as chicken stir fry, broccoli and cauliflower cheese, and fish pie jackets. The objective was to remove the “fear factor”, says Kerridge. “There’s nothing out-there, crazy or wild.”
Rashford, while displaying incredible skills in front of goal in the English Premier League, admits he had never cooked before attempting to in this series. However, Kerridge likes what he sees, saying: “If football goes to pot, Marcus definitely has a job working with us.”