Our Let’s Get Cooking Clubs are in more than 2,500 schools in the UK and we’ve already reached three million people. We went along to our Let’s Get Cooking Club at Peterchurch Primary School in Hereford to find out what the club means to the children and their families.
Carol Goring, Let’s Get Cooking club coordinator
It’s very important to teach children how to cook, there’s a huge problem in this country now with obesity. Children are exposed to lots of food choices but they’re not informed enough to make those choices. In the Let’s Get Cooking club were trying lots of new and healthy foods. The children are learning how to make those healthy choices.
The long term benefit of learning how to cook at this age is almost immeasurable. The children I am working with are aged between seven and 11 and they’re like sponges, they take in all the information that I give to them and they will carry that with them for the rest of their lives.
Lola, pupil, aged nine
I’ve tried a lot of new foods that I didn’t think I would like. We made a vegetable pasta and I never liked peppers and mushrooms until I cooked them myself and it was really tasty.
Cooking club has given me a lot of skills I never thought I could do before. When I grow up and have children of my own I’ll be able to feed them home-cooked meals and teach them to cook myself. A lot of parents have to go to McDonald’s but I’ll be able to make home cooked meals for my children.
I would tell other children to try cooking club because it’s really good fun and it’s good to try all these new foods and learn all the new skills.
Rose Eacock, mum to 10-year-old twins Martha and Esther
From my experience with my daughters, cooking club has really increased their confidence, when they come home from school they want to cook. It makes them feel happier about trying a wider range of foods that they wouldn’t normally eat.
I think it’s a really good thing for children to learn how to cook, it’s a great life skill. It gives them independence, they can then go into the kitchen and they can make things for themselves. It also gives them knowledge about where food comes from. They get to see what goes into the food. It’s really good for them to understand what is good and what is bad for their bodies and that actually healthy food can be tasty and really good for them.
Watch our patron Prue Leith cooking with children.