This autumn young people in Penicuik will have the opportunity to take part in a six week course of cooking classes at Penicuik YMCA-YWCA. Thanks to funding from NHS Lothian, free healthy cookery classes will be offered by Spanish chef Luis of Letelier Catering. Originally from Madrid, Luis is passionate about giving young people the skills and confidence to cook healthy food on a budget.
The cookery classes will be relaxed and informal and peppered with humour! Chef Luis will show the budding young cooks how to easily prepare the ingredients, have them copy him and next follow the stages in the recipe, with opportunities for questions and answers throughout. In addition, general kitchen, hygiene and common sense safety will also be discussed so participants to feel relaxed in a kitchen environment.
Young people can look forward to creating simple and easy dishes, like easy-peasy pizzas and wraps using fresh ingredients and – where possible – using vegetables grown in the Y’s own community garden. Instead of just pasta, they’ll learn to make tomato sauce for pasta meatballs and the same sauce for pizza. They’ll learn to use three ingredients - like onions, eggs and potatoes - and make different dishes with these, such as tortillas. And look out - there will also be a Healthy Eating MasterChef competition!
“It won’t be like cooking with Gordon!” Luis said. “It’s really about having a willingness to learn, to listen, to follow my instructions and above all, have an interest in food. The emphasis at my cookery classes is for people to have fun, fun, fun! It will be very relaxed.”
Morag McDonald, Youth Development Worker at Penicuik Y added “We are thrilled to have a professional chef of Luis’ calibre working with us to deliver our aim of encouraging young people to learn how to cook affordable healthy dishes. We hope to offer further healthy cookery courses to other sections of the community in the near future.”