Duke of Edinburgh Skills Classes

Learn a life skill with D of E

The Grow Cook Enjoy cooking skills programme is run over 12 weeks for approximately 2 hours per week. One session is taught in class ( 6 class sessions in total) the other is cooked at home independently as extended learning.

In each class session there will be the practical preparation of a recipe ( to take home ) and a demonstration of a recipe to be cooked at home before the next session. We will look at nutrition, cooking skills, seasonality and where our food comes from. The understanding of healthy eating and the hygiene, storage of food and utensils are on going throughout sessions.
Bread making, pastry, stocks, soups, sauces, cake making, cake decorating, sabayons, mousses, tempering and hand made chocolates are just some of the skills learnt in the sessions. These skills were brought together to make an afternoon tea or something for dinner.

What they say...

When my son said he wanted to learn how to cook for his new skills section of his Duke of Edinburgh scheme, I immediately thought of Grow Cook Enjoy. I knew he would learn the basics of how to cook rather than just how to follow a recipe.  I was actually really surprised at how inspired a teenage boy could be. The excitement of telling me what he had learned in the lesson, and what he was going to make the following week using the skill he had learned really left me amazed. He wanted to adapt the recipes Jayne gave him. He was making extra things, that weren’t required for the course, and that has continued now he has completed the course.  Each week was a different skill, from breadmaking to pastry, and from sauces to chocolate. He really did cover a lot. It was worth every penny, and I still don’t know how Jayne managed to control a group of excited teenagers.. but thank you.

Lisa, Epsom

I had a cooking course from Jayne McGhee for my Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. I learned so many new skills it is hard to name them all! I enjoyed the way the sessions were set out. Also we were given recipes so we could make them at home!

Josh, Epsom

My daughter really enjoyed her cooking sessions with you and so did we at home afterwards! It was great for her to learn about real food - not just treats. She came away with a good understanding of the technical aspects of cooking and had lots of fun working in the small group. Thank you for giving her the confidence to try new things!

Karina, Epsom

Hi my name is Martha, I did Jayne's cooking club as my skill for my DofE. Every other week we would go and she would teach us a recipe, we would work in small groups and it was really beneficial for my cooking skills and as part of my Duke of Edinburgh. Then we would have a week to re-create our own version of the recipe, for example the first week Jayne taught us how to make bread and when I went home I used the dough we had made in the lesson to make pizzas. It was lots of fun and I really enjoyed myself.

Martha, Epsom

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