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About The Cook Club

There’s a new club in town…
Come and join The Cook Club!

The Cook Club is a fun and educational cooking class for children which enables kids to gain basic skills in the kitchen and learn the meaning of a healthy balanced diet, all taught by a registered Dietitian

Our cooking classes provide an opportunity for kids to build their self-esteem and confidence whilst learning to cook simple, tasty recipes in a fun and safe environment without the worries of making a mess at home!

There are so many benefits to cooking with children, so what are you waiting for? Come and join us at The Cook Club, make some new friends and let’s get cooking!


Classes are available during term time for children aged 3-8 years.

(Classes for older ages will be coming soon, but parties are available for all ages up to 11)


Taster Session – £5 per child

Individual Class – £8.50 per child (must be booked at least 24 hours in advance)

Per 6 week (half) term – £48 per child

Per 7 week (half) term – £56 per child (£8 per class)

Sibling Discount: 10% per additional sibling

(N.B. When you have multiple children attending the class, they must all be under the supervision of the parent or carer)

Prices cover the class which lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, all the ingredients, and a recipe card, the food and crafts to take home!

For children who sign up termly, each child is given a take home box to bring back every week, so they can get the food they’ve made home in one, tidy piece (if its lasts that long!).

When and Where?

Classes run during term time on Saturdays:

Little Chesterford Village Hall

9.00 – 10.15 for 3-5 year olds

10.45 – 12.00 for 6-8 year olds

Term dates:

16th September 2017

23rd September 2017

30th September 2017

7th October 2017

14th October 2017

21st October 2017

Half term – 28th October

4th November

11th November

18th November

25th November

2nd December

9th December

16th December

Benefits of Cooking for Children
Social and Emotional Development

By using the basic skills they learn in our classes, children can make things they can be proud of. This helps to build their confidence and independence.

Cooking also helps children to follow simple directions and occasionally requires them to practice their problem solving skills!

Physical Development

Chopping, squeezing, mixing, spreading, grating, kneading – all these skills help to improve muscle control, hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.​

Cognitive Development

Cooking encourages curiosity in the kitchen – why ingredients behave the way they do and simple ingredients can be made into something completely new!​

Children can build on basic maths skills through measuring, weighing, using fractions, basic addition, subtraction and multiplication.

Cooking is a science! Children can learn where food comes from, what different foods are needed for, and how cooking can change foods.

Balanced Diet​

Our cooking classes are run by a Registered Dietitian. Children will learn the meaning of a balanced diet, why different foods are important for our health, and what a healthy relationship with food should look like. This is not only important for children, but for parents and carers too!

Exploration of new foods​

Some children can be particular about what foods they like at certain times! Cooking in groups can encourage children to try new foods, or even old foods they thought they weren’t keen on.

If children have made something themselves that they feel proud of, they may be more likely to try it.


Cooking is more than just taking ingredients and making them into something tasty.​

In our classes, children will get into the habit of thinking about health and safety in the kitchen, cleaning up, sharing and taking turns. Hopefully this is something they will carry on at home!


What Happens During a Class?

At each class, children will be given a recipe card to follow. Throughout the class, the children are guided through what ingredients are needed, how to follow each step of the recipe, and how to be safe and responsible in the kitchen.

Please Note: For children aged 3-5, all children must be supervised by a responsible adult throughout the duration of the class.

While the food is cooking/chilling, children will be offered a craft or activity to keep them entertained.

Recipes will alternate between sweet and savoury recipes each week, and at certain times on the calendar the recipes and crafts will have a theme, e.g. Christmas, Mother’s Day.

The main focus of classes is to have fun learning how to cook, during sessions aspects of healthy eating will also be covered, so children can learn what a healthy relationship with food looks like!

Classes are for up to a maximum of 10 children.

Contact details and social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/thecookclubuk

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