Meet the UoB student making easy online food recipes to get you through lockdown

So many recipes for those of you craving a tasty meal

All the restaurants in Brum and around the UK have remained shut for weeks, most of us are now craving for a tasty meal and failing to impress someone with our culinary skills. By this point most of us are bored with always cooking the same dishes.

Niam, a third year Mathematics and Computer Science UoB student has created a website around food and drink recipes and spent his lockdown coming up with easy dishes aimed for students to create exciting new meals.

The easy recipes are ideal for non-experienced chefs and video demonstrations feature on the Main chef’s instagram to guide you through mastering your own homemade chips and even how to layer an avocado. The dishes on his website and instagram also include burgers, cannellonis and tandoori salmon.


Niam, is hoping the recipes will actually make students enjoy cooking their meals, “let’s forget the bland ‘university dishes’ we are all used to, fall in love with cooking, and see that making food is something to be proud of, rather than a chore!”, he told The Birmingham Tab.

Niam’s personal favourites include his chicken dish and his salt n pepper prawn recipe. “By heading over to the website or @_themainchef on Instagram, you will find a vast array of recipes, with different cooking times and price ranges and quick tips ‘n’ tricks. Whatever you want to eat from chicken dishes to desserts, has it all,” he told the Birmingham Tab.


Niam, is hoping the recipes will help students experiment with new dishes they wouldn’t normally cook. “We all know the struggles of having to cook and eat the same boring dishes. However, with, recipes are easy and simple to follow; the hardest bit will be choosing what to make!”, he told The Birmingham Tab.

Niam, has also created recipes aimed towards vegans and vegetarians and his back2basics page is ideal for first time chefs. His back2basics page includes providing students with information on how to cook pasta, rice and check that their chicken is cooked properly. “There is also an abundance of veggie and vegan recipes as well. I have also incorporated a back2basic tab for those who are new to cooking and each recipe is fitted with nutritional values to help those manage their intakes,” he told The Birmingham Tab.

To check out the rest of Niam’s recipes see his Instagram here.

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