Let's Cook Local

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Let's Cook Local was a Big Lottery - Local Food funded project, involving trained WI Volunteers running 112 fully-funded practical cookery courses over two years. The project ended on 31st August 2013 and was very successful.

I believe the course was fantastic, it has helped me greatly when I've been ill. It gave me confidence to get out and meet people. It's helped me to cook and I am up to my 8th birthday cake. Best course in the world, I would love to do it again given the chance.

To read the full final evaluation report click here

We hope that the project will continue through further funding.

Child with food Cheshire Group

The project targeted young, disadvantaged parents across England and providing courses in practical cookery over six weekly sessions using locally produced or sourced ingredients and leftovers to produce basic, healthy, cheap family meals. Courses were held in local venues with cooking facilities, usually  through  SureStart,  PACT  or  other community-based organisations.

What happened at each session?

Students were encouraged to cook tasty meals from scratch and sit down together to eat their creations at the end of each session, often with their children. Click here to watch a short video of one of our tutors delivering a course.

What did parents and children think about the project? 

Find out what Mums, who have attended a Let's Cook Local course, think about the project (video kindly made by a Children's Centre).

Click here to see the same Mums but with their very cute children!(video kindly made by a Children's Centre).

What did our WI volunteer tutors think of the project?

Watch our short interviews starring a couple of our most experienced Let's Cook Local Tutors:

Healthy cooking for families - making a real difference

A confidence booster

Making it easy to learn 

Getting the children involved

What would happen to families without this project?

Let's Cook Local course in Derbyshire

All WI Tutors are trained to a high standard and supported with a toolkit of trainer manuals, recipe books, equipment and practical promotional items for the students.

The Let's Cook Local project was supported by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Sustain, WRAP, Love Food Hate Waste, a local food producer, a WI Tutor and members of the NFWI Education Committee

The project has now come to an end although some federations are continuing to run the last remaining courses. For further information, please contact Alison Rush, the Food and Cookery Advisor at