Licence to Cook

Licence to Cook was the initiative in England which sought to provide all secondary school students with the opportunity to learn how to cook, as well as make informed decisions about their diet and health. It is based on students experiencing a minimum of 16 hours of practical cooking, learning essential cooking skills.

Licence to Cook

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To aid progression and flexibility, the resources have been divided into 3 modules. Modules should be taught in sequence, but the cooking sessions within each module can be taught in any order. The sessions and recipe suggestions are a minimum. For each session, 2-3 recipes and accompanying lesson plans are suggested. These are provided as they help you to teach particular skills and techniques, e.g. using the hob safely. However, if you have established lesson plans and/or recipes, which support the aims and objectives of these sessions, feel free to use them instead.

Sessions can act as a stand-alone lesson or can be integrated into a series of lessons. Ideas are provided in each session. There is also lots of room for students to be creative through the recipes suggested. You could get your students to use a recipe writing frame to develop their own ideas. The students’ own recipe creations could then be prepared.

Through experiencing these 16 sessions, students should be confident and competent in preparing and cooking a range of different dishes, plus have the skills and knowledge to adapt these for the future.

Acknowledgement

Licence to Cook was funded by the Department for Education in England to provide all secondary school students with the opportunity to learn how to cook, as well as make informed decisions about their diet and health. It was ran by a consortium comprising the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Design and Technology Association and the British Nutrition Foundation.

The information provided in this Cooking module is provided under the Open Government Licence. Terms can be found at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

This resource was developed for the DfE Licence to Cook programme 2007-2011.

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