16, 01, 2017
SORTEDfood and Co-op have teamed up to tackle the cooking skills gap in the UK, dubbed the #CookingGap. The Cooking Gap is the lack of cooking experience that has developed in the 16-35 generation, whether it’s from not being taught these skills in school, not being taught how to cook at home or even the new notion that cooking and baking is a hobby rather than a vital skill.
SORTEDfood are a group of friends who formed 7 years ago to post simple but delicious cooking videos with a full serving of comedy on the side. Now with over a million subscribers they are in a position to have a powerful effect, and after asking their subscribers to tell them why they followed them they realised they needed to do something. Responses came in, with many stating they were using SORTEDfood to learn how to cook. Here’s some pretty insane statistics when it comes to cooking;
55% of people enjoy cooking
31% of millennials cook a limited repertoire of dishes
54% decrease in home cooking in the last 30 years
29% of adults are bored of eating the same meals each week
37% feel they struggle to see how flavours work together
27% of millennials are not interested in learning how to cook
37% of those who can’t cook plan on learning when they leave home
24% don’t think they’ll ever learn
18% feel they haven’t met the right stage in their life to need to know how to cook
How is it that social media has taken over as the main way for people to learn to cook instead of the education system, the same system that states it’s compulsory to learn Art & Design and three types of Science, how is food not a vital part of a child’s education. I didn’t know to boil an egg until I was around the age of 20/21, how insane is that, such a simple thing and there’s so many people who will say they never learnt until they were older or even at all.
One in four millennials are not interested in learning how to cook and 28% of those who can’t cook don’t see why they should learn. You might be thinking why is this an issue, but for me personally there’s a number of reasons I wish I had learnt to cook at a younger age; due to an unhealthy relationship with food I tend to go for unhealthy options because I don’t know to cook the better way or even know which way would be the better choice, and so I am affecting my health and weight every single day because of this. Another reason is financially it’s a nightmare, instead of making a variety of lunches and packing them up for the week I tend to purchase my lunch and the cheapest options are usually the most unhealthy.
Later on in the year I am planning on moving out, and one of the girls I am moving out with is a keen baker. I will be making the most of having her in the kitchen with me and she will probably be sick of me harassing her to teach me more cooking skills. I was sent home from the event with a box of ingredients to make cookies and I have to admit I’ve been too scared to attempt them, god I could have used the cooking classes at school! It may have taken me nearly a month but I have finally decided to give it a go and my sister and I will be having a baking day very soon, it’s safer to have someone with me, and I’ll share our results with you all.
Join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and let the boys know your experience with food. How were you taught to cook? What is your relationship with food like, is it affected by your knowledge of cooking? Keep your eyes peeled for the #CookingGap campaign.