16, 01, 2017

SORTEDfood and Co-op #CookingGap

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.

17 responses to “SORTEDfood and Co-op #CookingGap”

  1. My love for baking started at school you are right though it needs to be a priority class in schools.

  2. hannah says:

    This sounds like a good idea. I did GCSE Food Tech in a school, got a B on it. I still don’t cook, it’s not that i can’t, i refuse to. I much prefer shoving something in the oven or microwave x

  3. I have to admit I’m more of a baker than a cook but would love to learn to cook properly x

  4. StressedMum says:

    I love baking, and cooking and I do like to try new recipes I have seen, but it just depends what response I get as I have a fussy vocal family x

  5. Sarah Bailey says:

    I think that this is a fantastic idea and by looking at the statistics, it is desperately needed. It seems that teaching the younger generation the skill of cooking is getting lost and if we don’t do something about it soon, there will be hardly anyone who knows how to cook properly.

  6. This is such a great idea! I love cooking but I rarely try out anything new.

  7. Anosa says:

    Sounds like a really lovely campaign and those stats are something interesting for sure.

  8. denajayne says:

    I love cooking and I love experimenting with cooking! xo

  9. I have to admit I am one of those people who loves cooking but I tend to stick to the same things all the time x

  10. Lianne says:

    What a great idea! I wasn’t really taught to cook, although I did Food Tech at school it was more learning about food rather than practical cooking!

  11. I love cooking – this is a fab idea! I’m doing something new tonight, we’ll see how it goes haha!

  12. It is insane I agree. I love to cook when I have the motivation and Thai and Indian are my favorites.

  13. Lubka Henry says:

    This is such a nice concept and a great way to motivate more people to cook 🙂

  14. What a great campaign! We think it’s important to bridge the gap. Kids really ought to know how to cook for themselves

  15. Damien says:

    You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  16. Angela Key Milnes says:

    This is absolutely a great idea, I love cooking and I want to improve my skills. Glad you share this with us

  17. Naomi says:

    I grew up cooking for myself so when I went to university I was shocked at how many people couldn’t cook, 18 and older! Some people didnt even know how to boil a pan of pasta! I couldn’t believe it.

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