Listen: The Good Foundation ceo Siobhan Boyle is excited to use Jamie's Ministry of Food to teach kids to cook
Getting your kids in the kitchen to experiment with food and try new recipes is a great way to give them a positive relationship with food, and teach them the skills needed to make a nutritious meal. But it can also be a tough ask if they’re not naturally inclined to cook.
Starting off with a free sneak peek on 12 September, Jamie’s Ministry of Food is partnering with local food trainers at The Good Foundation (TGF) to bring interactive school-holiday cooking classes to the family – teaching kids and teens alike to cook like the renowned chef.
“We take the students on a bit of a cooking journey,” TGF ceo Siobhan Boyle said.
“Every class teaches a different cooking skill, it teaches different nutrition tips… and hopefully, by the end of it, they’ll come out inspired to not only cook recipes they learned during the course, but to try different things too.”
Jamie’s famous Banana French Toast will be on the menu during the free starter class, continuing the fun people have been having with baking at home during the pandemic.
“As you’ve got a bit more time at home, it is that time where you can get the whole family involved in the cooking process and make some delicious treats. Treats are always good, especially if you make them yourself,” ,” Siobhan said.
One of the things students will learn in follow-up classes is how to batch-cook meals in advance, and know what foods will and won’t freeze well for storage.
“There are certain ingredients that don’t freeze particularly well,” Siobhan said.
“Obviously things like a salad wouldn’t freeze well, so that’s always better to have fresh. But if you’re making a slow-cooked chilli, or a curry – or even just a curry paste – they freeze brilliantly… there’s so much that you can batch-cook.”
Through the school holiday program, Siobhan hopes households around the nation will learn the skills that help them look after their family through food, and start to enjoy something that can feel like a burden.
“I was really lucky as a child, one of my favourite things was to help Mum in the kitchen, so I’ve always had a really positive relationship with food. Getting kids in the kitchen and getting them involved in the process is a really positive step in getting them to try more things – and learn how to help you out too,” Siobhan said.
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Program starts with a free sneak peek class on the 12 September at 10am, with the full school holiday program running nationwide from 28 September–2 October.