Wellcome To The Science of Cookery

Ref: C3127468

The process of cooking and preparing food is basically an application of science: cooking is a form of chemistry and the kitchen becomes our laboratory. Cookery is based around molecules. The structure of a molecule controls how it behaves and when mixed with other molecules and heated or chilled it changes how a food may look or taste. The science behind cooking also involves microbiology, because we have to work safely to ensure we do not cross contaminate foods and cause illness. We eat and drink to live, so why not gain an understanding of the basic principles of chemical processes as we cook our food and understand how to stay healthy?

Course aim

Understanding the science behind cooking and preparing of food, through the creation of different dishes to form an understanding of the processes, risks and environmental factors.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the impact of temperature on storing and preparing food safely: fridge and freezer temperatures; the internal temperature of cooked food; and how to cook leftover food safely.
  • Identify the risk factors for food cross contamination and recognise how to prepare, handle and store foods safely.
  • Use a digital food scale to correctly measure and record ingredients, take inventory of food stocks and record data.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the environmental impact of plastic packaging and food waste.
  • Understand the work of The Wellcome Trust.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the class begins. Bring a kitchen apron

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • We recommend that students considering a career in the food industry should also enrol in our Introduction to Food Safety in the Kitchen, which gives students a good real-world understanding of Food Safety in a professional kitchen.

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Wellcome To The Science of Cookery

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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