Teaching a City to Cook

Resources and experiences for schools and youth organisations to help young people cook with fresh ingredients.

Teaching a city to cook’s aim is to get the city cooking at home using fresh, seasonal produce to improve our diets and our health.

We want to engage young people so they: 

  • learn about food and nutrition
  • develop a range of cooking skills that will help them now and into the future
  • are aware of different food cultures

To support this we’ll provide your school or youth organisation with:

  • cooking award schemes
  • digital learning pack
  • visiting chefs for your schoool

See our ‘what we will provide section’ below for more information.

How to take part

To take part in Teaching a City to Cook:

If you want your school or organisation’s logo on any resources just include a copy of this when you email us.

What we will provide

Cooking award schemes

Young Cook Award 2018

Open for: Years 6, 7 and 8 age groups

Young cooks are invited to submit an application for the Young Cook Award.

The application must include: 

  • two recipes: one savoury and one dessert
  • seasonal ingredients
  • a budget of under £5

To take part in the  Young Cook Award:

The recipe template e-version can be filled in electronically and sent to sugarsmart@bristol.gov.uk

You can post the recipe templates to:

Teaching a City to Cook, Public Health (CH), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS.

What happens next

Applications will be judged by a panel who will select the semi-finalists.  

The semi-finalists will be asked to cook their dishes in a competition to find our finalists.  

The final cook-off to find the most worthy winner of the title ‘Young Cook 2018’ will take place during Food Connections week, 11 to 17 June 2018.  

Young Apprentice 2018

Open for: 15 to 17 year olds

All 15 to 17 year olds are invited to submit an application for the Young Apprentice award.

The application must include:

  • two recipes: one savoury and one dessert
  • seasonal ingredients
  • a budget of under £5

To take part in the  Young Apprentice programme:

The recipe template e-version can be filled in electronically and sent to sugarsmart@bristol.gov.uk

You can post the recipe templates to:

Teaching a City to Cook, Public Health (CH), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS.

What happens next

Applications will be judged by a panel who will select the semi-finalists. 

The semi-finalists will be asked to cook their dishes in a competition to find our finalists.  

The finals to find the most aspiring Young Apprentice, with an offer to become an apprentice and attend the School of Food, will be held during Food Connections week, 11 to 17 June 2018.  

This competition is supported by The School of Food and The Square Food Foundation.

Before the finals all finalists will be invited to a day of experiences.

This will include:

  • visiting the wholesale fruit and vegetable market
  • going to a bakery and butchers
  • spending time with a top chef

Teaching a City to Cook digital pack

This digital pack includes nutrition messages, videos to support basic cooking skills and recipes. 

Some of the skills can be combined such as using the bread making with sauces so you can make pizza. 

If you want your school or organisation’s logo on any resources just email us with a copy of the logo at sugarsmart@bristol.gov.uk

Some lessons plans will include links to online 'how to' videos on the BBC Good Food website.

Chopping and slicing

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Stocks, sauces and soups

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Pastry

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Bread

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Baking

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Rice and Lentils

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Global food cultures

Lesson plans

Recipes 

Nutrition and food safety

Lesson support

Documents

Videos

Visiting chefs for schools

Teaching a City to Cook is supported by professional chefs who can visit your school for lessons.

To arrange for a chef to visit: