We all know that food brings people together. So at a time when we hear more and more about young people experiencing loneliness, flatsharing site SpareRoom, backed by The Campaign to End Loneliness, appointed a National Loneliness Chef to encourage communal eating to help fight social isolation.

Chef Andrew Clarke created five original recipes inspired by different cultures around the world that are known for communal eating to encourage young people to cook and eat together to improve their happiness. The campaign was supported by research from SpareRoom which found that most people (87%) who eat together say it improves their mood.
The delicious meals included vegan pea, broad bean and lemon linguini, shrimp and sausage gumbo and brown rice and grilled turkey tacos with feta, black bean and sweetcorn salsa.

Our national loneliness chef was a hit with media, with the campaign securing 44 pieces of coverage, including three nationals in Star on Sunday, The Guardian and i. The story was also popular with regional media, generating 22 pieces of coverage, the likes of Female First, Rising Man and Waitrose Weekend also interviewed Andrew about his involvement in the campaign.