Fancy learning to cook with a refugee? Book a unique Sri Lankan Zoom cooking class with chef Nafa this Feb and support survivors of torture.

Join our brilliant Chef and survivor of torture Nafa on a journey to discover the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine and take part in a unique, interactive Zoom cooking class.

Ahead of each class, you will receive in the post your very own home-made spice blend created by Nafa. Whether you choose a Vegan or Chicken cooking class (or both!), you’re sure to pick up a host of new skills and learn all about beautiful Sri Lankan cuisine whilst creating fresh, delicious food from scratch.

You will also hear the stories behind the food, and how cooking and baking at Freedom from Torture has helped Nafa to rebuild her life after torture.

Nafa will lead you through her recipe; stopping to answer any questions and providing feedback on your dishes! Each class will run for around 2 hours and you will have a delicious meal to enjoy at the end.


About the class

  • The class will be conducted on Zoom as an interactive group cook-along led by Nafa. Each class will run for 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Select the date/dish that suits you best. Tuesday classes will be chicken, Thursday classes will be vegan.
  • All participants will be sent an email with a list of ingredients and quantities needed for the recipe, the equipment needed for the class, and a Zoom meeting link.
  • The ingredients will be for 2 people, but to feed more people you can just double the recipe accordingly.
  • You will be sent a home-made spice blend in the post (UK only) which you will use for the creating the dish.

For any questions or more information about the class please email

All funds raised will go directly to Freedom from Torture - supporting survivors of torture like Nafa. The funds will provide vital therapy, legal and welfare support as well as bringing survivors together in creative groups like gardening, baking, art and music.

About chef Nafa

Nafa is originally from Sri Lanka, well-known for its food and Tamil, Singalese and Muslim communities. Nafa’s father owned a restaurant which is where she learnt to prepare and cook food from the age of 10 – cooking alongside family for their customers.

Everything was homemade. We never bought curry powder from the shop, we made it from scratch. It was a restaurant enjoyed by our local community, my father was a very good cook and from a young age I watched him cooking - that’s how I learnt. I love cooking Sri Lankan food!

I wanted to do these classes to give back, because all this time Freedom from Torture has taken care of me.

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