Cooking clubs are popular for children between the ages of 11 to 15. Children at this age show an eagerness to learn to cook. They are open to learn life skills and are beginning to take increased responsibility for their health and well being. Healthy decisions about diet, activity and tobacco use made early in life can result in less chronic diseases later in life.
Cooking clubs introduce children to healthy eating in a practical setting that encourages skill development. The cooking club experience will help children to identify and select healthy foods, understand how to prepare foods using good sanitary practices, prevent injury in the kitchen and learn basic food preparation skills. Cooking clubs give children a chance to appreciate healthy foods firsthand and gain confidence in their ability to produce tasty and healthy meals.
Recipes provide the amounts of ingredients required for serving 4,8 and 12 persons. The facilitators will choose 2 recipes each week to try to create a balanced meal with the group. For example, a recipe for spaghetti and meatballs will be accompanied a milk and fresh fruit smoothie as dessert to create a simple balanced meal. According to the recipes selected the cooking tasks are divided among the club members.
The main ground rules in the club are: Respecting each other, no running, no shouting no swearing, no horse playing, no teasing, no chewing gums, no loose hair, no loose sleeves, cleaning the work area, washing the dishes and washing the hands before cooking and eating, learning tips for safe knife use & basic rules for kitchen safety.