Cooking Training and Consultancy

In addition to our school and nursery award programmes and hospital support packages, we offer a range of cooking skills training and consultation services, suitable to run across multiple settings.

We collaborate with local authority commissioners to reach those people who need us most. From teachers, nurses, community health workers and health promotion officers we can provide them with the skills to help them improve the health outcomes of their communities.

Cook and Eat

Evidence shows that people are more likely to try new foods and make changes to their diets if they cook the dishes for themselves. Cooking together and sharing what is made is an effective tool in healthy eating models. We can help you plan and deliver successful cook and eat programmes that include:
  • Practical cooking skills development
  • Application of healthy eating and food hygiene guidance
  • Budget management and food waste reduction tips
  • Opportunities for social interaction.

Tailored Staff Cooking

Our expert team has been teaching hands-on practical cooking skills to other professionals since 1998. We’ll develop a training model designed especially for your team to cover the basics of teaching cooking confidently, or develop their existing skills at a more specialist level.

Whatever you want to achieve through cooking, our experts are here to support you with a programme that delivers against your outcomes.

We have trained:

  • Student teachers, practising teachers and teaching assistants to lead cooking lessons.
  • School cooks and catering teams to run cooking clubs and support the curriculum.
  • Project leaders and volunteers to run community cooking lessons.
  • Domiciliary carers to cook healthier meals for older people.
  • Community health teams to pass on cooking skills to service users.
  • Dietitians to deliver practical cooking support to clients

Care to Cook

After discharge from hospital, many older people are readmitted because they are malnourished and dehydrated. Working with Kirklees and Calderdale Domiciliary Care teams, we’ve developed a practical training course and resource pack to help carers improve older people’s health through the food they prepare and cook together.

The course passes on recipes that are packed with nutrition but are also quick, cheap and easy to prepare. Importantly, it also gives carers advice on working with older people to encourage small changes that can make a big difference to their health.

Train the Trainer

As well as sessions for patients, we develop training programmes to support group leaders and health professionals. Training individuals in healthy cooking techniques and the skills to pass on their knowledge is a powerful and sustainable way to make a difference.

As a provider for local commissions, we can build a tailored offering involving both ‘train the trainer’ elements and direct work with service users.

Cooking Skills Advisory Service

In any project it is often the ‘getting started’ bit that can be daunting, or sometimes it is one little thing holding you back. Our expert cooking skills advisors can help you break down the barriers and implement successful cooking activities. We offer consultancy around:
  • Cooking classroom design and equipment.
  • Curriculum cooking planning and activities.
  • Cooking club set up and programmes.
  • Community Cook and Eat programme development.
Commission Our Work

"Train the Trainer was one of the very best courses I have attended. It was well organised, relevant, practical and great fun!"John Gibson (Derbyshire Adult and Community Education Service Tutor)

Cooking Skills Consultancy

To find out more about our flexible training offers, download the flyer.

Cooking Skills flyer

"The whole day has been invaluable in providing us with new skills and the knowledge required to support schools across the country in implementing a whole school approach."Tailored Staff Cooking Training course participant