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Cooking

Cooking

 

 

Stage 1 – Taster (Approximately 1 hour overall time)

  • Learn about different utensils and their uses including spoons, knives, peeler, can opener, masher, colander, tongs, slice etc.
  • Understand basic personal food hygiene for cooking (i.e washing hands, hair tied back, appropriate clothing etc).
  • Explain or demonstrate how to prepare basic foods (i.e washing, peeling, chopping, dicing etc).
  • Explain how to cook an egg in three different ways (i.e boil, fried, omelette, poached etc) and demonstrate at least one method.

 

Stage 2 – Beginner (Approximately 3 hours overall time)

  • Complete and gain Stage 1
  • Explain or demonstrate how to turn on an oven/hob/grill/microwave, set the temperature (electric and/or gas), the need to pre-heat the oven etc.
  • Understand the use of cookware (i.e saucepans, frying pans, baking trays etc) and when each should be used.
  • Understand food hygiene & safety requirements around equipment used in the kitchen (i.e chopping boards, knife storage, cleaning worktops, hot surfaces, treating burns etc).
  • Explain how to cook a potato in three different ways (i.e chips, mash, sliced, baked, wedges etc) and demonstrate at least one method.
  • Help to cook 2 meals in a pair or a small group.

 

Stage 3 – Developing Skills (Approximately 6 hours overall time)

  • Complete and gain Stage 2
  • Explain or demonstrate at least 3 different methods of cooking (i.e. Boil, poach, knead, parboil, reduce, roast, steam, fry, simmer, whisk, beat etc).
  • Understand food hygiene & safety requirements around food storage including where to keep different foods, at what temperatures & how long for.
  • Explain how to cook with flour in three different ways (i.e pancakes, bread, Yorkshire pudding, pastry etc) and demonstrate at least one method.
  • Help to cook 3 meals in a pair or a small group (meals not covered in stage 2).

 

Stage 4 – Independent (Approximately 12 hours overall time)

  • Complete and gain Stage 3
  • Plan & prepare a three-course meal to be cooked for someone else (Parents’ night, Church members, other young people etc). This can be as part of a small group, sharing responsibilities.
    • This should include designing a menu, creating an ingredients list, prepping, cooking, washing up etc.
  • Cook 6 different meals at BB or at home and produce a photo / video log detailing what you cooked, the methods you used and how it went.

 

Example Meals

  • Pasta Dishes
  • Bakes / Lasagne
  • Curry
  • Sweet & Sour Dish
  • Pizza
  • Shepherds / Cottage Pie
  • Meat / Veg Pies
  • Stir Fry

 

Notes to Leaders

  • Please note times are indicative to encourage progression as young people go through the awards and reflect the criteria set.
  • This programme can be adapted to meet dietary requirements.
  • Where young people are working in groups to prepare meals, responsibilities should be shared and rotated (i.e prepping, cooking, washing up etc).
  • Practical demonstrations should be used where possible to show young people the various skills and methods, that will enable them to explain or carry this out themselves.
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