It’s every parent’s nightmare – little Johnny or Susannah have passed their A-Levels, been accepted at University (somewhere on the other side of the country) and are packing their bags to set off on life’s journey for real.
The only thing is, the greatest thing they’ve achieved to date in the kitchen is to burn the baked beans to the bottom of the saucepan, boil the kettle without putting water in scorching the element, and burnt the fish fingers to matchsticks as they returned to play their Xbox. Okay, they have somehow become dab-hands at cheesy chips with mayo, but that’s the exception that proves the rule. Other than that, you can’t help but ask how on earth they’re going to get on feeding themselves at University.
However, if your child is lucky enough to have got into one of the colleges at Cambridge, they may not fair as poorly as you think. A local pub has decided to host two one-day back-to-basics cookery courses to set students up with at least a little culinary craft so that if the allowance you send them won’t stretch to a KFC bargain bucket, they can at least have a pop at cooking something from scratch and not coming back mid-term half a stone lighter than when they set off in September.
Toby Didier Serre, proprietor of public houses and an award winning chef in his own right, will host the “Moo-niversity Cookery Survival Course” (know, I haven’t got the foggiest, either) at The Red Cow (ah! The penny drops!) before term starts in an attempt to help prevent students spending three years of their lives eating only a fast-food diet, save for the times they return back to the fold during the holidays.
The first cookery class will be held a week tomorrow, the 20th August with the second taking place a fortnight later on Monday September the third. Both days will tackle the absolute basics of cuisine competence, from where to shop to buy the most elementary ingredients – and indeed, what those ingredients are – to finding their way around the basic utensils one would expect to find in a common or garden kitchen drawer or cupboard.
There will also be a section on a veritable menu of basic dishes, whereby Toby will hope to unveil the fact during the cookery courses that culinary expertise doesn’t necessarily mean having to win Masterchef. By delivering instruction in essential cooking techniques it is hoped that University will not only provide food for the mind, but also keep the metabolism ticking over healthily as the young adults strive for their degrees.
For details and prices of this particular offer, see the original article in The Cambridge News.
If your child is off up to Glasgow, York or Wolverhampton and Cambridge is a little too far, why not consider buying them a cookery lesson at a local cookery school, close to you? You can choose from our hand-picked selection of the best cookery courses available in the UK based on our specific search criteria and at least get them graduating from cooking school with honours before tackling the big wide world and all of the pitfalls it potentially possesses for those heading off for three years without the inherent knowledge of how to cook a morsel.