Cooking for Health & Wellbeing

Ref: C3128013

Join Chef and Food Writer Kevin Ashton as he helps improve your cooking skills with professional advice and easy to follow, step-by step video demonstrations of recipes for you to try at home. This course will demonstrate that in taking the time to plan and prepare a meal from scratch, you will see powerful improvements to both your physical and psychological wellbeing. Also, cooking to improve your health doesn’t have to be boring, it’s all about balance. Recipes will be nutritional and delicious, and because we will be cooking from scratch, low in chemicals and other artificial ingredients. We will cover dishes for starters, main courses and desserts , with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss ingredients. There will also be a focus on working safely in the kitchen, including food hygiene (how to handle and store cooked and raw foods safely), how to use knives and other kitchen equipment safely and how to source ingredients economically.

Course aim

Learners will improve their cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen, with a selection of easy to cook recipes to improve the health and wellbeing of you and you family.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Prepare and cook a variety of recipes from scratch
  • Feel more confident about your cooking skills
  • Follow procedures for working safely in the kitchen.
  • Understand the principles of kitchen hygiene, and the safe storage of food.
  • Recognise how to shop economically.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

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

Download full course information sheet

Cooking for Health & Wellbeing


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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