We are a team of qualified chefs, nutritionists and home economists providing training and support for communities. Our vision is simple: we want to see greater social, mental and financial wellbeing across society and we believe we can achieve this through sharing our passion for food and cooking.
As a nation we are increasingly becoming more reliant on pre-prepared foods which can be attributed to a lack of cooking skills. Convenience foods can be expensive and high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, which is contributing to the rise of obesity.
When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all – even if they are not trying to lose weight. The research also found that those who cook at home more frequently are less likely to choose fast foods on the occasions when they do eat out.
Poor diet can have a detrimental effect to mental wellbeing. The importance of good nutritional intake at an early age is explored in multiple studies, including a systematic review in 2014, which found that a poor diet is linked to poorer mental health in children and adolescents.
The simple process of cooking, and eating, together can enhance an overall healthy lifestyle and lead to benefits across educational attainment, employment and family life.
‘Have a look at the ‘Success Stories’ page for more information on who we’ve worked with so far, testimonials from our commissioners and, most importantly, how The Let’s Cook Project has positively impacted upon our beneficiaries.