The Let’s Cook Project is a social enterprise that is on a mission to equip the nation with the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch.
Learning to cook is the gateway to eating well and enjoying good food but it also brings about a whole host of secondary benefits too.
Research and evaluation of our projects shows that impact includes:
- Improved life skills
- Positive family relationships
- Improved Self-Confidence
- Reduced social isolation and loneliness
- Less landfill and a reduction in avoidable food waste.
As a nation we are increasingly becoming more reliant on pre-prepared foods because of a lack of cooking skills. Convenience foods can be expensive, and high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, contributing to the rise of obesity. We’re targeting the gap in knowledge of how to shop for, prepare and cook healthier foods as well as increasing uptake of fruit and vegetables and reducing unhealthier items. Whilst we understand that mental ill health can be linked to a number of contributory factors we know that poor physical health and poor diet can have a detrimental effect. Cooking itself can improve social skills, reduce isolation, increase self-esteem and encourage community spirit. All these benefits complement and enhance an overall healthy lifestyle. It’s not just about obesity though, many children are going hungry in the U.K. today, we’re here to support programmes that address holiday hunger, malnutrition and the attainment
We work with children's & family centres to ensure that the needs of the most important early years of childhood are met. Both Primary and Secondary school presents challenges for the child, parent and teacher alike and we offer solutions to bring food alive in the classroom and empower future generations with the knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle. We know that the transition from home to independent living has its own set of struggles but by equipping young adults with the techniques and confidence to cook and eat healthily on a budget and from scratch we can make the process a little less daunting.
Sadly, we know that there are many adults in the UK that have been denied the opportunity to receive the skills and knowledge to provide a healthy and affordable diet for themselves and their families. Through our work with a range of charitable organisations, local authorities and corporate partners we are looking to address these inequalities.