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Is YouTube the future of adolescent cookery classes?

As parents, we bemoan the fact that our children never give us a helping hand around the kitchen. Then, as they pack their bags to go to university, we fear the worst and criticise ourselves for not endearing them with the culinary expertise that will see them through the next three years of their lives.

But it really is time to stop panicking – especially if the number of hits one budding young chef has had on his YouTube channel is anything to go by.

Ben Ebbrell is a 25 year old who has positioned himself online, along with three others who make up SortedFood.com, as the go-to chef for all of those students who need to know how to cook at university. To date, their video channel – an online cookery class for university students – has received a massive 13,000,000+ hits. Methinks there are more than just starving freshmen streaming the content, with figures like that.

The Telegraph’s Patrick Smith recently popped along in anticipation of SortedFood getting ready for the new term next month to run a few pointers past the chef to see if he could glean any knowledge to pass on to the students through their paper.

Based on the shooting-from-the-hip answers Ben gave, here are just a few cooking tips for university students to ensure that cooking is not only seen as less of a hassle, but also to demonstrate that confidence is the key to making a success of your fledgling hours in the kitchen.

Teamwork matters – although you may not want to be the first to admit it, many of your housemates are in the same boat. If you foul up with the flour or are pathetic with the pastry, make the mistake together to keep moral up and so that no one’s singled out to blame.

Follow the recipe – looking at a list of ingredients and a method in an ancient recipe book can often leave the student asking, “Say what???”. But some of these recipes are time-honoured; trust them, be confident and they’ll work out fine.

Looking for a cheap, easy meal? Stew or curry wins the vote for Ben. In such a dish, the meat is the meat, so it doesn’t have to be a choice cut. Stewing steak is perfect for both – just bung it in the pot with the rest of the ingredients, whack it in the oven nice and low and, hey presto! – one nutritious meal with all of the goodness kept in.

There is much more about there cookery classes on site, which has an online amazon shop for utensils and gadgets, a new recipe video every day and a huge, searchable archive for cheap and easy meals for a university student.

So, if you’re feeling bad about not having taught your offspring so much in the way of culinary expertise, simply send them on their way with a tablet device and a shortcut to SortedFood on their desktop. They’ll never be far away from someone from their own Generation Z, who is obviously far cooler than us parents in the kitchen and, more importantly, speaks their language, too…innit?

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Cookery courses in London – for your scrumptious pumpkins

There is never a better age to learn to cook in a safe, professional environment than when your brain is more receptive to new ideas in your formative years. And Scrumptious Pumpkin know exactly that, a cookery school for children based in Woodford Green, London.

The cookery courses are run by two mums eminently qualified to teach children, from pre-schoolers to 16 year olds, a little bit about what they’ve picked up in the kitchen, as well as the values of working in teams in an environment outside the classroom, somewhere Janet would know all about from her background as a secondary school teacher.

With Melissa, a marketeer from The Smoke itself, they put together weekend and a dedicated schedule of cookery classes after school for the budding young chefs and chefesses to add to their extra curricular activity list.

The next ‘blocks’ of after-school, Monday advanced cookery courses are about to kick off, predominantly for secondary school pupils, with a five-week series of classes for 8-14 year olds running from next Monday, 27th Feb through March up to Monday 26th, inclusive. Class times 4.15 – 6.00pm.

The girls then have a well-earned half-hour break until the 14-16 year olds take over between 6.30 – 7.30, that’s for a six-week stint, starting tonight (20th Feb), again concluding on 26th March. Block-booking prices are £100 for the 8-14 year old five-week cooking course and £90 for the six-week 14-16 year band’s lessons in the art of cuisine.

The 4.15 spot is taken over tonight, Monday 20th Feb, by a spot encompassing both sets of secondary school pupils who can attend a pancake cooking class special where, for £20, attendees learn not just how to make the perfect pancake but also a whole host of scrummy fillings to go with. And what’s best, you get to eat everything you prepare, cook and toss!

If tonight’s a bit short notice, why not save yourself for one of the Mother’s Day special cookery classes? On Saturday 17th March (Happy St. Pat’s!), the girls are putting on three two-hour stints for a wide-ranging group of pupils looking to give their mom a break on Mothering Sunday.

The classes are open to 4yrs-teenagers and dads are especially invited for this advance-booking only lesson, too. For £40, one adult and one child can learn to cook a veritable treat of a menu to give mom a break when the big day comes. The three separate classes kick off at 9.45, 12.45 and 3.45, each for two hours, giving Janet and Melissa just about time to do the washing up in between!

With plenty more cookery courses for the eager young chef, find a time to suit your budding Jamie or Nigella at Scrumptious Pumpkin.