Keeping Cooking Skills Alive

Bradford’s Ministry of Food is a centre where community groups and local people can get hands on cooking experience; friendly advice on recipes, ingredients, shopping and nutrition, local and seasonal food.

“Cooking is one of the most important things we can ever learn in life, and with the right sort of information and teaching absolutely anyone can cook. It’s wonderful, it’s fun and once you know how, you’ve got control over your life and health”. – Jamie Oliver

The courses are fun, friendly and welcoming; they are suitable for beginners, people with all abilities, and people who enjoy cooking. We work with 8 year olds upwards

Our aim is to empower, educate and inspire as many people as possible to cook great tasting healthy food for themselves and their families.

Here are some of the learning outcomes:

  • Healthy eating
  • Food safety in the kitchen
  • A range of different cooking methods
  • How to improve your cooking skills
  • Have fun and meet new friends

Jamie even welcomes you!

What can we offer you?

A fantastic 8 week cooking programme

Our fantastic eight-week cooking programme is available for groups of up to 10 people, from eight years upwards. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more adventurous cook , whether you belong to an organisation, a community group, a school or university, or you are simply a member of the public, we will welcome you.

Lessons last for one and a half hours. We will provide all the ingredients for a small fee. At the end of each session, you can take home a delicious dish that you cooked yourself!

Each week there will be a different nutritional message along with exciting recipes for you to learn…

Week 1 Introduction to the centre and The Balanced Plate – Poached eggs and omelettes.
Week 2 Chicken – the five food groups and knife skills – Posh Chicken with greens or chicken fajitas with guacamole and salsa.
Week 3 Soup – seasonal varieties and understanding salt – Tomato, lentil and spinach pea and mint superb squash or minestrone soup.
Week 4 Meat, saturated fats and protein – Meatballs with quick tomato sauce and salad or cracking burgers with Caesar salad.
Week 5 Fish and the difference between good and bad fats – Moroccan fish stew or teriyaki-glazed salmon.
Week 6 Veggies – five-a-day and the importance of wholegrains – Vegetable chilli and wholegrain rice or tomato and basil or pea and herb risotto.
Week 7 Pizza and portion sizes – Basic pizza dough.
Week 8 Treat week and understanding sugar – Fruit scones with berry compote or stewed fruit crumble.

A bespoke cooking package

A fun tasty encounter, using some fresh locally sourced ingredients. The perfect venue to host a team building event or birthday celebration. Whether it is small team of employees, family or friends this workshop will be tailored to your needs.

The workshops lasts for one and a half hours to half a day starting from £10 per person.

There’s honestly no better team activity than cooking and eating a great meal together.

Schools package

“Children who learn to cook are hungrier for healthier choices” – Jamie Oliver

We believe that by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives, for themselves and their future families.

We invite schools to attend our eight-week cooking programme, while shorter programmes are also available. This offer is also open to pupils, parents and teachers, so why not cook together? We can come to your school and deliver a one-off talk around a specific curriculum subject or let us know about your future cookery projects. We can help to train your teaching staff as well as deliver classes both at school or in our fully equipped kitchen.

Other great resources for schools…..

We provide Health Improvement Courses and Level 2 Food Safety Courses.

We work alongside Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project and Jamie’s Home Cooking skills.

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Community Events

Are you holding an event?

Why not invite the Ministry of Food to your event? If outdoors we provide an attractive Ministry of Food gazebo complete with all our own equipment.

Our trained staff encourage audience participation and are great engaging with people of all ages .

Contact details

Jamie’s Ministry of Food
29 John Street Bradford

Opening times

Monday          10am – 4pm
Tuesday          10am – 4pm
Wednesday    10am – 7pm
Thursday        10am – 6pm
Friday             10am – 2.30pm

To book on a course or for more information call in or phone us on 01274 435279

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