How to support the #CookForUkraine movement
Join UK-based food creatives to help support and celebrate Ukraine by cooking recipes, hosting supper clubs and attending fundraising events
Ukrainian food writer and olive contributor Olia Hercules and Russian food creative Alissa Timoshkina have joined up with Clerkenwell Boy and the team behind #CookForSyria (which raised over £1m for UNICEF) to create a food movement in support of Ukraine. All funds raised on the Just Giving page will be donated to UNICEF UK’s Ukraine appeal. As well as raising over £2 million so far, the movement is about creating a community of support in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and celebrating the country’s spirit, cuisine and culture.
You can also listen to our Cook for Ukraine podcast in which we share ways you can support the #CookForUkraine initiative.
Olia was born in Ukraine and now lives and works in the UK as a chef, food writer and cookbook author. Olia is campaigning to remind people of the beauty of Ukraine’s cuisine and landscape – which she so beautifully spoke about on our podcast. She has been raising funds to directly send to her brother and fellow Ukrainians in Kyviv, as well as providing practical advice for her followers to support. Follow Olia’s story on Instagram.
Alissa is a Russian London-based food creative, supper club host and cookbook author. Alissa has Ukrainian roots, like many Russians, and is helping lead the #CookForUkraine campaign. She says on the Just Giving page, “Let’s cook for peace, freedom, truth, common sense, rational thought and love.”
How to support #CookForUkraine
Below, we have highlighted the ways in which you can support and get involved in the movement.
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Join a Ukraine Hub event
Founders of the #CookForUkraine movement, Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina, have launched a new initiative to provide free cookery classes and community events for Ukrainians refugees in London. Other members of the public can join the workshops and help to welcome Ukrainians and build communities through food. Upcoming events include Zuza Zak’s Baltic cuisine workshop, dumpling making skills with Olia Hercules and a Romanian cooking masterclass with Irina Georgescu. More information and tickets at ukrainehub.uk
Cook Ukrainian recipes
Experiment with Ukrainian and eastern European dishes at home, share your creations on social media with the hashtag #CookForUkraine and donate to the Just Giving page, then encourage your friends and family to follow suit. Take a look at Olia Hercules's recipes for inspiration, including cauliflower fritters with dill and garlic mayo.
Host a dinner party, supper club or bake sale
Host your own supper club or bake sale and ask your guests to donate to the Just Giving page. Take inspiration from Olia Hercules's explanation of diversity of Ukrainian cuisine and its most popular dishes. Share your events on social media with the hashtag #CookForUkraine to encourage others to get involved.
Support other initiatives and buy products
Food and drink artisans are also pledging to the cause. Dima’s Ukrainian vodka is donating £5 from every bottle of its triple-grain Ukrainian vodka and vodka-infused cocktails (think fig martini, pickled gimlet and Kyviv's espresso martini).
Find out more about the #CookForUkraine campaign and donate on the Just Giving page.