Chef Sanjay Kumar launches Pop Up Pies cooking and education programme in Devon and Cornwall

A new concept in cooking and education – Pop Up Pies – has begun to appear across Devon and Cornwall thanks to chef Sanjay Kumar.


Pop Up Pies is the brainchild of Sanjay, who, as well as holding down a full time job at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, is expanding his own social enterprise School of Cornish Sardines (SOCS).

He’s also a Foodies South West veteran!

The Pop Up Pies concept is based on the traditional Cornish Stargazy Pie – which has fish sticking up through the pastry lid – and involves story telling as well as cookery lessons and other activities.

He said, “If we can teach people to cook and eat healthily from scratch it will help them to live healthy lives.

“If poverty is an excuse to eat unhealthily you are never going to go forward. One of the core values for my project is education.

 “Pop Up Pies is a story telling session with cookery and interactive fun. Participants get to learn the history and trials and tribulations of Cornish fishermen; prepare a modern version of the pie – and taste and smell it and see what good food is like – and take home a recipe for that pie.”

Sanjay has worked with fellow Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (Cornwall SSE) graduate Diana Padwick, who designed and made special boat shaped bags with a twist exclusively for the events.

 Sanjay has cooked in India and worked for the King of Saudi Arabia for two years and for Raymond Blanc in the UK.

He is currently chairman of the Slow Food movement in Cornwall.

The first Pop up Pie event took place in July at Clovelly Maritime Festival and another has been booked by the pre-school Learning Alliance centre in Lanhydrock village hall on October 5.

Sanjay is looking for many more bookings and is hoping to involve schools as many organisations as possible including schools, museums, information centres and visitor attractions.

Cornwall SSE was the seventh SSE to become established in the UK with support from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme co-financed by DWP as part of Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise.


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