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 2017/18

  • Development and capacity building for community food initiatives through investment and support.
  • Disseminate and apply learning from the small-scale realist evaluation of cooking skills courses for low-income and vulnerable communities carried out in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017
  • A survey will be undertaken across a range of sectors in order to provide a snapshot of providers delivering cooking courses to low-income communities and their practice.

News and updates

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 ...

Cooking skills blog 27: Cooking skills research: Are you more likely to cook if you have cooking skills?

This blog post looks at a research article which suggests that possessing cooking ‘skills’ is only one of a range of factors associated with whether ...

Cooking skills Blog 26: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Using both questionnaires and observation as methods

This week, my colleague Jacqui and I have been visiting members of our cooking skills study group and discussing what we have been finding out ...

Cooking skills blog 25: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Guest blog by Jacqui McDowell: ‘The confidence conundrum’

This week, my colleague Jacqui McDowell gives her views on the challenges (and possible solutions) to measuring confidence:‘If I could, I’d ban people from using ...

CFHS cooking skills learning exchange 2016

Our cooking skills learning exchange took place at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh on 10 November 2016.The event was aimed at those who plan ...

Cooking skills blog 24: Cooking skills research: cooking, confidence and enjoyment

Last year, Dr Ada Garcia and her colleagues published a narrative review on community cooking courses and their impact on people’s confidence to cook and ...

Cooking skills blog 23: Guest blog by Jacqui McDowell – The social value of cooking and eating together

This week, my CFHS colleague Jacqui reflects on the social aspects of cooking and eating.‘Who will you eat Christmas dinner with this year? Will you ...

Cooking skills blog 22: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Guest blog by Jacqui McDowell: ‘The impact puzzle’

This week my colleague Jacqui McDowell (who has led on supporting our cooking skills study group on planning the evaluation of their cooking courses) reflects ...

Cooking skills blog 21: new CFHS guide – What’s cooking in Scotland? Part three

Last week, we launched a new guide What's Cooking in Scotland? Part Three at our cooking skills learning exchange in Edinburgh. Around 40 people attended ...

Community cooking groups: supporting people who are struggling to have enough food to get them/their families through the week

Do you run or manage cooking courses within low income communities in Scotland?  Do you sometimes find participants are struggling to have enough food to ...