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Alissa Timoshkina and Olia Hercules

How to support the #CookForUkraine movement

Published: March 16, 2022 at 9:26 am
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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 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 £500,000 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.

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You can also listen to our Cook for Ukraine podcast in which we share ways you can support the #CookForUkraine initiative.


Olia Hercules

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 Timoshkina

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.”

Alissa Timoshkina and Olia Hercules
Alissa (left) and Olia (right)

How to support #CookForUkraine

Below, we have highlighted the ways in which you can support and get involved in the movement.

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.

Ukrainian cauliflower Fritters

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.

Buckwheat Tarts Recipe with Rice Pudding and Blackberries

Visit restaurants that are involved in the movement

A number of restaurants are donating £2 from every bill to the #CookForUkraine Just Giving page, including our recently reviewed Fallow, Manteca and Sucre. Other restaurants are adding special Ukrainian-inspired dishes to menus (for example, £2 of every bowl of Koya's new green borsch udon will be donated to the cause) and throwing fundraising initiatives.


Attend an event

There are many events popping up that have been organised by London's food community. Past events have included Alissa Timoshkina's online fermentation class, Ukrainian chef Yurri Kovryzhenko's sharing feast lunch at Carousel, Uyen Luu's Vietnamese supper clubs (details on her Instagram) and Zuza Zak's Pierogi For Peace Polish dumpling-making class. These events sell out fast, so follow the #CookForUkraine Instagram page to find out about more events as they are released.


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).

A bottle of Dima's Vodka
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Find out more about the #CookForUkraine campaign and donate on the Just Giving page.

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