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Cookery skills

One of the barriers to a healthy diet is having the skills, knowledge and confidence to shop for, and prepare, healthy meals. Community-based cookery sessions can offer a relaxed environment to learn cookery skills.

Sessions can either happen within an existing group or be open to all. They might take place in a local community centre but some areas have community kitchens for hire.

CFHS works to demonstrate the benefits of community cookery sessions, and to share learning from community food initiatives in order to improve their practice.

Our plan for 2019/20

  • Develop opportunities for practitioners to put knowledge into action by building on learning from the realist evaluation of cooking skills

News and updates

‘It’s not just a wee cooking group’: Community cooking skills courses – train the trainers workshop

This Community Food and Health (Scotland) workshop will be held on Thursday 9 May. 1.30pm – 4pm (lunch 12.30) Stirling Come and hear from three ...

Reasons to be cheerful part 2 – CFHS cooking skills research. What did we learn about the best ways to run a cooking skills course?

Our cooking skills study group realist evaluation (2016-2018), gathered information from 29 community cooking skills courses (attended by 75 adults -all of whom were managing ...

Cooking skills blog: Cooking skills research – Reasons to be cheerful, part one

Earlier this year, around 50 people, many who run or manage cooking skills activities came together to hear evidence about the impact of community cooking ...

Community cooking skills – evidence and networking event

Thursday 15 March, 10:30 am - 3.15 pm, The Studio, Glasgow  Our event will give participants the chance to hear about the evidence of the impact of ...

Do you run or manage community cooking skills activities in Scotland?

If, yes, please consider completing our survey. If your organisation has more than one person who runs cooking skills activities on behalf of your organisation, ...

Cooking skills blog 33: Working with vulnerable groups: Supporting people affected by food insecurity: ideas from practitioners

Last year, Katy Gordon, a PhD student took part in an internship within CFHS. Katy ran an online survey and interviewed practitioners to find out ...

Cooking skills blog 32: Practitioner guest blog: ‘the benefits of being forgetful and burning rice’

Chris Mantle ANutr, Senior Food and Health Development Worker, is our guest blogger this week. Chris is a member of our cooking skills study group ...

Cooking skills blog 30: What are the best recipes to use on a cooking skills course? Part 2.

All the practitioners in our cooking skills study group hope that people on their courses will make the recipes they have learned on the course ...

Cooking skills blog 29: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Guest blog: what’s the difference between ‘observation’ and ‘third party’?

All members of our cooking skills study group are aiming to use a combination of three different evaluation sources to find out if their courses ...

Cooking skills blog 28: How do cooking course practitioners support people experiencing food insecurity?

Katy Gordon, a PhD student took part in an internship within the CFHS programme late last year. She focused on a project on food insecurity ...