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DofE online cookery courses

DofE online cookery courses

DofE online cookery courses

Online Courses

Who are these courses for?

Introductory, Intermediate, Street Food & Baking Basics

Any young person who is either:
• a complete beginner but wants to become a good home cook, or
• working towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or
• keen to gain confidence in the kitchen but has additional needs

Meat-Lovers & Plant-Based

Any young person who is either:
• working towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
and already has some basic kitchen skills, or
• off-to-uni, taking a gap year or embarking on a first flat-share, or
• keen to gain confidence in the kitchen but has additional needs

Lorna’s Meat-Lovers and Plant-Based courses are ideal for DofE students who already have some basic kitchen skills. They’re also aimed at students heading to university, or already there, who want to be kitchen confident. For those deferring and taking a gap year, they offer a great opportunity to get ahead and get ready for uni life.

Because she’s eager that everyone should learn to cook and eat well, Lorna will always try to modify the courses so they’re accessible for those with additional needs. And for anyone with allergies and special dietary requirements, she’ll suggest alternative ingredients or recipes from other courses.


What will I be taught to cook?

The courses include busy-day breakfasts; easy British and Mediterranean one-pots; Asian-inspired noodles, dals and rice; speedy soups; moreish pasta sauces; classic roasts; vibrant veggie dishes; and stunning street-food snacks. There are also delectable desserts; comforting cakes and cookies; and brilliant breads, biscuits and brownies. You can see each curriculum on the Introductory, Intermediate, Street Food, Baking Basics, Meat-Lovers and Plant-Based Course pages.


How does an online cookery course work?

Being able to learn wherever and whenever they want is a real bonus for a young person – especially if they have coursework, exams or a busy working life to contend with. They can start a course on any date of their choosing, and there’s some flexibility about how long it takes to complete. Off-to-Uni students who are free to cook most days and quick to learn can work at their own pace and finish it in a fortnight or less. DofE students learn how to make just one dish a week for 12 weeks.

As soon as a student has booked and paid online, they can download the course to their phone, tablet or PC. Using WhatsApp, they send Lorna photos of each dish they cook, with brief comments, and she replies with personalised feedback, advice and encouragement. Once a DofE student has completed the course, Lorna submits a report to their eDofE account.


When does each course begin?

On any date that suits throughout the year.


How do I get started?

Once the booking form has been returned to Lorna, she connects with the student via WhatsApp so they can send her photos of their culinary creations whenever they’re ready.


What does it cost?

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