Should Mandatory Cooking Courses Be Introduced At School?

cooking courses be introduced at school

Great chefs, like Alain Ducasse, advocate a culinary revolution at school. The observation is simple and the studies prove it: the food is – or rather was – a family history. Our emancipated mothers did not want to reproduce the classical family pattern. They did not pass on what they learned from their own mother. The fathers did not take over (less than one in ten cooks in the foyer). The cooked dishes of the food industry (fried pancakes and fried vegetables) helped, we unlearned to cook. There are fireplaces in which you cook. But this is no longer the norm. When we question the students who know a recipe, 75% of them say they learned to cook their favorite dish with their grandmothers. In other words, we skipped a generation.

Hence this idea of ​​compulsory cooking classes at school. At the college priority, at the age when the child learns autonomy and where behaviors settle . To see how this could be done, pilot experiments  are currently being carried out in some fifteen schools – Angoulême, Montpellier and Valence in particular – according to a research program proposed by Émilie Orliange of the University of Poitiers. At the college priority, at the age when the child learns autonomy and where behaviors settle . To see how this could be done, pilot experiments are currently being carried out in some fifteen schools – Angoulême, Montpellier and Valence in particular – according to a research program proposed by Émilie Orliange of the University of Poitiers. At the college priority, at the age when the child learns autonomy and where behaviors settle . To see how this could be done,  pilot experiments are currently being carried out in some fifteen schools – Angoulême, Montpellier and Valence in particular – according to a research program proposed by Émilie Orliange of the University of Poitiers.

Valuing with the family

“The goal is to have the students cook about every two weeks, for two to four hours , as part of a physical chemistry course, for example, because the rooms are suitable,” she says. Is to allow them to reproduce a number of recipes, such as bread, soups, legumes, fish (…) and that they can bring back in the evening, via a small lunch box , the various preparations made To show the family what they have been able to do to enhance themselves and to pass on their knowledge and skills “.

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What exists in school for now, is a nutrition awareness and the famous weeks of taste. In the classroom, prevention messages pass and are well integrated by children (“Do not eat too much fat, too sweet”, “Five fruit and vegetables a day”, etc.). Except that most often – studies show – this does not lead to changes in the behavior of children or in families.

An educational education course

Cooking classes seem appealing, even appetizing. But is it really at school to learn to cook? Those who, like Émilie Orliange, advocate making these courses compulsory are convinced: since the family no longer transmits this knowledge, the school must offer children access to a “culinary culture”.

These cooking classes would actually be part of a food education curriculum. In Angouleme, for example, college students visited businesses to learn how to shop and budget . They were taught to decipher the advertising on the products. The idea is to arm the future consumer-citizen. Behind, there are health issues: the fight against obesity,

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