GCDA has launched a new series of virtual cookery clubs for students, many of whom are away from home for the first time and are facing a far from ideal introduction to college life due to the pandemic. The sessions, which take place weekly, cover basic cooking and budgeting, and help participants learn new skills and save money. Our ‘resident chef’ Brian Emmons has been guiding would-be cooks through their paces for many years and loves his role in helping people get the most out of their cooking.
“Lots of young people are leaving home without the ability to cook,” says Brian, “which is such a shame. Cooking is a life skill and once you know the basics you can just go on improving. Cooking for yourself is empowering. It’s cheaper than takeaways, it’s better for your health and it’s a confidence-booster too as it helps break down barriers and gets people talking. I always tell students that being able to cook is a great way of making friends, and you never know, it might help you meet someone extra-special too!”