Amanda Grant’s Cook School

About This Project

Amanda’s Cook School Enterprise is a pioneering, innovative and exciting project offering accessible, achievable and affordable cookery lessons for children nationwide. Cook School is about building a community of children from 4 to 16 inspiring them to help each other to become competent cooks.

Nothing is as important as our children’s health. And in an age of rising obesity, giving them the skills and knowledge to be able to cook healthy, balanced food is a positive step towards their healthy future. It is a crucial first step towards tackling childhood obesity and the dominance of fast food in children’s diets.

The course, written by Amanda Grant, one of the country’s leading food educators, teaches children a number of life skills, introduced at the right time to suit the child’s age and developmental stage. The children will, over the course, become equipped with the building blocks that will enable them to cook a number of healthy, well balanced meals independently in the kitchen.

The Cook School recipes are seasonal, simple, healthy, affordable, inspirational and international. The recipes will include vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat options in line with the Eatwell Guide. The recipes will be naturally low in sugar and only use salt when needed for scientific reasons e.g. bread making. The recipes will be written for each school term and will also include some fun recipes for key events e.g. Christmas, Easter, bank holiday baking etc.

Passionate home cooks and teachers from the local community will teach the course. Recipe cards are provided for the children to take home to encourage the children to repeat cook with their families, carers and friends. This is empowering for the children and will also give children positive associations around eating together.

In areas where Cook School is taught in schools, local communities will be encouraged to come together at school, at Cook School events and in our online communities.

Amanda Grant, the author of Cook School, studied Home Economics at O’ and A’ level and Food Science & Nutrition at University. During her career she has written ten cookery books, including the bestselling and award-winning* Kids in the Kitchen (formerly called Cook School), winner of the best family cookbook, Junior magazine. Amanda launched and edited a food magazine for the Co-op, has written features on food, nutrition and teaching children to cook for publications as diverse as Cosmopolitan, BBC Good Food and The Guardian. Amanda was on the committee for the first dedicated Children’s Food Festival, held in Oxford, and has travelled the country teaching children about good food.

We have established four founding partners;

Club for Schools

Clubs for schools is remarkably simply website that makes the planning, booking and monitoring of extra-curricular clubs easy, for schools, parents and teachers. Club for schools look after all of the administration of Cook School provide a seamless and professional back-end delivery for our courses and our schools.

Berkeley Scott

With over thirty years’ of experience finding the ideal candidates to the perfect roles, no other hospitality recruitment business has a similar longevity or reach. The experienced team of experts work together to identify the best possible teachers ensuring they are checked for all necessary documentation including DBS, and right to work. Berkeley Scott also processes all of the teacher payment ensuring we adhere to the best methods in the industry.

Abel & Cole

Abel & Cole have been delivering organic food since 1988, working with small family farmers, makers & bakers. No wonky ethics, some wonky veg. We’re working with them on the delivery of food for our schools as well as a number of exciting offers to parents. At Abel & Cole, doing their bit is a big part of who they are. Whether it’s donating food to local charities, supporting fundraising for a cause or collecting donations from our generous customers.

Healthy Boy Sauces

Healthy Boy Sauces are Thailand’s favourite supplier of soy, seasoning and table sauces and condiments offering a superb range which represents fantastic taste, quality and value for money. We partnered with Healthy Boy Sauces to create a tasty sweet and sour noodle dish, which our kids loved.