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Teaching Everyone to Cook


Teaching Liverpool to Cook was set up to get the whole city cooking again – to start a ‘Cookery Revolution’, the first of its kind in the UK. We have a 3 year plan to get everybody in Liverpool excited about food and cookery again! The aim this year was to raise £50,000 during a 100 Day Campaign – through company contributions and donations from trusts and foundations, to allow us to provide approximately 2,000 people – younger and older, with basic but intensive training focused on cooking from scratch. Each contributing company or organisation will also send one member of staff on our corporate cookery training sessions – promoting health in the workplace and giving

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companies a great opportunity to network. During the training we will look for 100 individuals who show a particular interest in cookery to return to us for a Masterclass Session – becoming cookery ambassadors for their workplace, area or community. As the training ends, 1000’s will have been trained and we will be much closer to claiming that LIVERPOOL CAN COOK.


Facts and Figures

About cookery

Cookery skills are on the decline and could be lost in just one generation

60% of adults no longer cook 90% of under 25 year olds cannot cook a meal from scratch

In Liverpool - approximately 200,000 people do not eat a home-cooked meal each evening

60 per cent of 18 to 25 year olds leave home without being able to cook common dishes like Spaghetti Bolognaise

Food costs have risen by 20% - making it more difficult to eat well on a budget

About your health

Poor diet accounts for 1/4 of all cancers

33% of all deaths are caused by cancer Obesity is linked to 30,000 deaths per year

In Liverpool – treatment for obesity and related disease costs the NHS £37million per year Predictions - by 2050, 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women and 25% of children will be obese or overweight

In these circumstances, Cookery matters!

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Todays young people are growing up in a world filled with convenience foods and a lack of food education. This has led to a deskilled generation unable to pass cookery skills to their own children. 60% of adults in the UK no longer cook and children are growing up in an environment where cooking is seen as a chore and eating out, convenience food and takeaways are the norm . Teaching Liverpool to Cook will address this . Can Cook Cookery School



Why Cooking Matters Obesity – it’s everywhere!

” An abundance of convenience and takeaway foods, paired with reduced access to affordable foods has led to a decline in basic home cooking and a heavy reliance on ready meals and fast food.” Britain has the highest rate of obesity in Europe Obesity is one of the biggest threats to health in this country

Early on in life, 1 in 10 of our children are obese when they start school and by the age of 10 this has risen to more than 1 in 5 If something is not done to stop this - predictions have been made that by 2050, 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women and 25% of children will be obese or overweight Right now obesity is linked to 30,000 deaths per year

Let’s get everyone cooking! Teaching Liverpool to Cook will address these issues, taking a preventative route to improve the health of thousands across Liverpool. We want to get EVERYONE cooking. Eating is now about refuelling rather than enjoyment – let’s turn this around and get everyone enjoying food again!

1/4 British households no longer has a table to eat around – yet shared household meals have been associated with better nutrition, healthier dietary patterns and increased intake of fruit and vegetables!

4 out of 10 Britons say that they actually enjoy eating meals with their children - but

eating together as a family means parents have better control over what their children eat Getting young people involved and enjoying cooking food for themselves is really important for the next generation of adults and for keeping cookery alive!

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Cooking and making sure we all know what goes into the food we eat can change this.

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Launch: Local & National PR

Recruitment: Target 500 businesses

Training Phase 1: 500 Staff & 1500 young people

Training Phase 2: 100 Cookery Ambassadors

Liverpool Can Cook Celebration: local & national pr - launch of cookery network


The lack of food and cookery knowledge amongst people, young and older, has reached epidemic proportions - with dire effects on health. Teaching Liverpool to Cook will change that - we will create a food and cookery revolution and leave a legacy of people who are healthy, happy and can create a fantastic plate of food!


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Robbie Davison, Can Cook Director



” Everything Can Cook does comes back to teaching everyone to cook and enjoy healthier, fresh and home-made food for themselves and their families”

100 Days of training –

how we will do it Social Can Cook will use its already established city-wide network to recruit young people under 25 from schools, community groups, workplaces and through organisations who have contributed to the campaign. We will then train each young person to cook a number of meals from scratch and give them the skills and enthusiasm they need to carry on cooking for themselves.

Corporate One staff member will be recruited from all companies who contribute to attend one of our corporate cookery sessions at Can Cook’s state-of-the-art studio alongside other firms. As well as promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace - this will be a unique networking opportunity – combined with a great mix of Chef demonstrations, practical cooking and time to enjoy a stunning two course meal and a glass of wine while you network!

Cookery Ambassadors 100 individuals showing a particular interest in cookery will be selected from each of the above groups to return to us for a Masterclass Session – becoming Cookery Ambassadors for their workplace, area or community.

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Getting you started 10 minute Chilli Beef Noodles Ingredients: 250g dried egg noodles 250g rump steak, sliced about 1cm thick 1 tsp cornflour 2 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp grated ginger 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 large red pepper, deseeded and sliced 3 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks 100g mangetout, sliced 3 tbls sweet chilli sauce 1 tbls light soy sauce Serves 2 Equipment: Large pan, grater, sharp knife, wooden spoon

How to make it… 1. Cook the noodles in a large pan of water according to the packet instructions, before running cold water over them to cool. Drain. 2. Toss the strips of steak in the cornflour. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan until almost smoking. Add the steak, ginger and garlic and stir-fry over a high heat for 1-2 minutes until the steak is browned all over (careful not to overcook the beef as it can become chewy!) 3. Add the pepper, carrots, mangetout and soy sauce to the pan and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Stir in the chilli sauce and cook for a further minute, then stir in the noodles and the sesame oil and serve.

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Nasi Goreng (Malaysian Fried Rice)


Ingredients: 2 tbls sunflower oil 1 shallot (or ½ onion) peeled and finely sliced ½ long red chilli, deseeded and sliced 1 small clove garlic, peeled and finely sliced 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks 75g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 100g cooked and cooled rice 1 tsp soft dark brown sugar ½ tbls light soy sauce 1 tbls sweet chilli sauce 1 inch piece of cucumber, deseeded and cut into thin matchsticks A drizzle of sesame oil

How to make it… 1. Heat 2 tbls of sunflower oil in a frying pan. Add the shallot, chilli, garlic, carrot and mushrooms and stir fry over a high heat for about 3 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. 2. Add the cooked rice and continue to stir fry for a further 2-3 minutes. In a small mixing bowl combine the sugar, soy sauce and chilli sauce and then add to the rice. Mix well and remove from the heat. 3. Serve the rice in bowls with the cucumber scattered over then add a drizzle of sesame oil.

Serves 2 Equipment: Frying pan, sharp knife, wooden spoon, small mixing bowl

Can Cook Spicy Chicken Quesadillas Ingredients: 1 small chicken breast, diced 1/2 onion, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 1/2 red-green chilli, sliced 1 tsp paprika 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 a can tomatoes 4 tortillas Serves 2 Equipment: Sharp knife, chopping board, frying pan, baking tray, wooden spoon

How to make it… 1. Fry the onion, red pepper, chilli and garlic for 2 minutes until soft. 2. Add the chicken and paprika and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, before adding the tomatoes. Cook until the chicken is cooked through- test by cutting a piece of chicken in half to make sure. You can use a food probe - the temperature should read 70ºC when pushed into the centre of the food and held for two minutes.

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3. Place a floured tortilla on a clean chopping board. Put a quarter of the mix into the middle of the tortilla and fold it over to create a half moon. Repeat with the remaining three tortillas. Place under a hot grill for 1-2 minutes each side or until crisp.



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We are based in South Liverpool, passionate about home-cooking and teaching everyone to cook well. Set up in 2007, we have since trained over 9000 people of all ages. Five years on, we continue to grow and alongside our 20-place professional cookery studio, we now run a number of food businesses – for us the cookery revolution has already begun!

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The Studio Ready to train 20 people during each course, our cookery school runs evening and weekend cookery classes, ranging from beginners cookery to baking & desserts, world cuisines, cookery for kids and Chef Masterclasses. All our sessions are a mix of Chef demonstrations, practical cookery time and the chance to enjoy the food you have created in the Can Cook Dining area.

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Schools Teaching young people is the lifeblood of this campaign and we will build on the success of our previous work to make sure the children and young people of Liverpool can cook for themselves. Our work with schools began in 2008 with Schools Sessions - a knock-out cookery competition. Each school gets 3 hours of training with our Chefs - before going head-to-head with another school to create 3 courses in 1.5 hours. Each team is judged by a panel of food experts before the winners are announced. The winners proceed to the next round until one school is crowned winner! The winning team then works with our Chefs to produce a 3 course meal for

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150 guests at the Finale Gala Evening. It’s a brilliant opportunity for the pupils as well as being a lot of fun! As well as the competition - we run cookery days and evenings from the Studio for School and Community Groups, as well as taking our Chefs out to run live demos and cook-alongs in our Pop-up Studio.



“Pop-ups” We are into “Pop-ups” at Can Cook. Pop-up Kitchens, Pop-up Cafes, Pop-up Studios! We can take all of our equipment and our team and pop up just about anywhere to run cookery days from our mobile cookery stations - Food Festivals, Community Events, Schools and Workplaces to name just a few!

Can Cook Cafes and Catering Last year saw the opening of our first Café in the South Liverpool Treatment Centre, Garston – selling fresh, healthy and homemade food made from scratch by our Chefs. This year - the Can Cook Café took over the staff canteen in HMP Liverpool. Our Chefs have been working with a group of prisoners to train them ready for release into employment. We also offer an outside catering service from our Cafés – supplying buffets for business meetings, conferences, special occasions, parties, or specialist catering for your business.

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Teaching Liverpool to Cook ! h c u o et in T G

Teaching Liverpool to Cook is an annual event – the chance to get everyone across the City involved in what we do.

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The Contributors 60 Hope Street Addaction Assett Training Belvedere Academy Bolland & Lowe /Taste Northwest Butterworth Spengler Capita Centre 56 Claremont Farm Cosmopolitan Housing Association Delamere Church Of England Primary Academy Elixir Group Epic New Media Happy Cry Web Design Hill Dickinson Hopscotch Childcare Host Ichor Systems Ltd Innovation Works Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust Liverpool Cricket Club Liverpool Hope University Liverpool Housing Trust Liverpool Mutual Homes

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Liverpool One Liverpool PCT Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Mersey Care Merseyside Acme Novartis Open Culture P H Holt Foundation Panacea Associates Scatchards School of Social Entrepreneurs Scientiam Seen Magazine Seiont Manor Shipping Services Ltd Social Enterprise Network Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre Speke Training and Education Centre Stagetex Styles & Wood Ltd The Quarter Villages Housing Association West Derby Children’s Centre West Everton Community Council Wirral Food Festival Wordscapes

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It’s all happening at the Can Cook Studio!Come

It’s our birthday and we want to cele April is going to be a special month at the Can Cook Studio – we will be launching our new courses and it’s our second birthday. To celebrate, we want to offer all our customers the chance to purchase one of our april courses with a 50% discount. This offer is a one off, on a first come first served basis for the first 100 customers. To make it extra special you can also purchase a course for a friend or family member at the same rate. Purchases are limited to 2 per person and must be redeemed before the end of April 2011. Our sessions are always fun, engaging and exciting – everything cooking should be!

Look out for our new courses too, which include favourites such as Thai, Indian, Tapas, Italian and Vegetarian - we are also introducing Mexican and Baking.

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For more information or to book your course contact us on 0151 650 6

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Can Cook Evening Courses Always popular, these courses are a perfect way to spend an evening with friends and family or to meet new people. • Each session lasts 3 1/4 hoursrom f 6:15 to 9:30pm. • Each course contains a minim um of two Chef demonstrations. • Everyone cooks two dishes, to share during the course or to take home.

Evening courses cost: £40 per person

Chef Masterclasses If you already cook and are looking to learn more about your favourite cuisines, develop your skills and get some new ideas from our Chefs – our Masterclasses will be ideal for you. rom 6.15pm to 9.30pm. Each course contains a minimum of two chef demonstrations, which will be more in-depth than our evening courses. Everyone cooks at least one main dish along with accompaniments to enjoy during the course or to take home.

Chef Masterclass cost: £45 per person

Cook and Dine Nights



Wednesday 18th April Thursday 14th June Wednesday 5th September


Wednesday 6th June Tuesday 25th September


Tuesday 1st May Thursday 20th September


After much demand Cook and Dine is new to our programme and includes Thai, Indian and Italian nights! These nights are all about being social, cooking and enjoying the food you have prepared! • Each session lasts 2 hours from 6:45 to 8:45. • Each session contains a minimum of 1 Chef demonstration. • Everyone cooks a main course with accompaniments. • Enjoy your meal with the rest of the group with a beer, a glass of wine or soft drink.

Cook and Dine Sessions cost: £30 per person

Wednesday 27th June Thursday 2nd August Wednesday 31st October

CURRIES: PASTES & SPICE S Wednesday 8th August Tuesday 2nd October


ITALIAN EVENING Wednesday 4th April Tuesday 10th July

SPANISH EVENING Thursday 12th April Tuesday 24th July



Saturday 21st April Saturday 13th October

PASTA MAKING & SAUCES Saturday 16th June


Saturday 12th May Saturday 22nd September


Saturday 8th September



Saturday 11th August



In-depth courses that offer a great opportunity to come spend the day with our Chefs, learn more about cookery and food and hone those cookery skills.



The full day courses are hands on, informative and fun, a perfect way to spend quality time with family, friends or to meet new people!


Can Cook Full Day Saturday Courses

• The course is a full day and runs from 9:45 to 4:30pm. • The course is full of Chef demonstrations and practical cookery sessions. • Everyone will cook three courses during the day with further Chef led taster sessions. • Everyone prepares their own lunch. • You will have dishes to take home at the end of the day. • Wine is available over lunch. • Everyone leaves with a copy of our ‘Healthier’ cookbook.

Full Weekend Day costs: £90 per person

Can Cook Half-Day Saturday Courses Come and join us on your weekend for four hours of Chef Demonstrations, practical cooking and a stunning lunch! • Each session lasts 4 hours from 10:00 to 2:00pm. • Each session contains a minimum of two Chef demonstrations. • Everyone cooks two dishes, to enjoy at the end of the session or to take home.

Saturday 26th May Saturday 14th July


Thursday 26th April Thursday 5th July

Saturday 28th April Saturday 4th August Saturday 3rd November

Tuesday 22nd May Wednesday 18th July



Thursday 16th August Wednesday 17th October


Saturday 9th June Saturday 15th September Saturday 17th November

DELICIOUS DESSERTS & PERFECT PUDS Saturday 30th June Saturday 29th September


Saturday 6th October

Friday 22nd June Wednesday 12th September




Wednesday 9th May Thursday 23rd August Wednesday 10th October

Half-Day Weekend course cost s: £50 per person

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Saturday 7th July

(11-15 YEARS) *£30 Saturday 28th July Saturday 18th August


To get involved or for more information on Can Cook: Call us: 0151 650 6444 Email: Visit: Follow us: Can Cook Cookery School on Facebook @cancookstudio on Twitter

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