“The course I recently attended was called “Come and Cook” it was held at St Collen’s Church Hall, Llangollen. The course was held on one day a week and it ran for seven weeks. I learned, amongst other things, about the importance of food hygiene, the need to keep my salt intake low and to be aware of what ingredients were in the food we buy. The leeson we had on how to read labels was very useful and we learned about the different names given to sugar and salt.
The lessons were presented in a relaxed way and were very well organized. both the theory and practical sessions were enjoyable and good fun. However, the highlight of the session for me was lunch time, when we ate the food we had made earlier, healthy, tasty food.”Participant 1.
“I enjoyed the camaraderie and male company. Fun learning, well taught “Participant 2.
“Firstly, it was important to me to learn how to cook and not be dependent on other people. The course certainly gave me the skills and confidence to now do this. But it was very interesting to learn about what foods are healthy and those that are not.
Having learnt about labelling I shall now pay much more attention to labels on products and be much more selective when choosing items to eat when shopping. There was a good balance between being given information and the practical exercises of preparing and cooking food. The Eatwell Guide was probably the most enjoyable element of the course.”Participant 4.
“Enjoyed it all and especially the camaraderie that built with fellow participants.”Participant 5
“How to balance ingredients to improve health and wellbeing, what damage excessive saturated fats, sugar and salt will cause the body and how to reduce them through label reading and recipe preparation. I also enjoyed the company of the other participants and learnt about other health conditions. Finally, the course was pitched perfectly by the tutors and as a result I believe all participants have gained valuable knowledge and are now able to prepare and cook a healthy diet.”Participant 6.
“I’ve been on a cooking course where I learned to cook healthy meals that were made without salt or sugar. I was pleasantly surprised at how good they tasted and have decided not to use salt in any cooking that I do in the future. We had theory lessons which used a lot of helpful visual aids with topics such as food hygiene, salt and sugar. We also discussed food labelling which was very informative. We learnt about the different names that were used instead of salt such as sodium. I found the theory and practical aspects of the course very enjoyable, informative and good fun and the teaching was first class. If you have the chance to go on a ‘Come and Cook’ course get your name down quick, you will not regret it.”Participant 1.
“Highly recommended.”Participant 2.
“Don’t be afraid to go for it. You’ll be surprised what you learn”.Participant 3.
“An ideal course, not only to learn cooking skills, but to learn about healthy food, information about portions sizes and food labelling. The Eatwell Guide is particularly important and should be compulsory for everyone!!! Food hygiene is also an important part of the course which I had not considered previously.”Participant 4
“It was so much more than a cookery course. It explained about every aspect of food make-up, sugar, fibre, salt etc. and how to be clever enough to cook a balanced meal. Cooking and the teachings in the kitchen at the same session imprints the information in your head so much more successfully than just reading a book. The teachers we had were so calm and easy to talk to. They were significant to the course success.”Participant 5.
“A great introduction to healthy eating, food preparation and hygiene. The instructors pitched the course perfectly allowing the participants time and opportunity to learn as they go. A must do course.”Participant 6.
“The course was well thought out and seemed to me faultless and I can’t think of anything else I’d like to include.”Participant 1.
“Generally, a good balance between learning about nutrition and practical preparation and cooking of food. But having obtained some critical skills the course could have been extended by a further week or two to be able to spend more time on cooking.”Participant 4.
“An ‘end of term’ report that honestly gave an assessment of what the tutors think of my efforts would be good.”Participant 5.
“Most of the food was cooked in the oven and tasted great but if you were just cooking for yourself and had limited means the cost of the oven might be burdensome. So, I suggest that a few more recipes where food is cooked on the hob, or grilled, could be welcomed and also friendlier to the environment.”Participant 1.
“Very difficult to improve”Participant 2.
“I think it is fine as it is”Participant 3.