ABOUT THE COOKS WORKSHOP 

Cooking for Life

Engage, Empower, Educate, and Support!

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Nutrition

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Cooking!

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Food Safety

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Meal Planning

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Budgeting and Shopping

Who We Are 

The Cooks Workshop is a Sydney business dedicated to the promotion and support of healthy, delicious cooking and eating habits, for all Australians. We have a special interest in providing a consistent approach to healthy eating for people with a disability, particularly those living in shared living and group homes.

Who We Are 

The Cooks Workshop is a Sydney business dedicated to the promotion and support of healthy, delicious cooking and eating habits, for all Australians. We have a special interest in providing a consistent approach to healthy eating for people with a disability, particularly those living in shared living and group homes.

Our Origins 

The Cooks Workshop is owned and operated by founder Jennie Thompson, who developed a passion for healthy food after a Crohn’s Disease diagnosis forced her to rethink her relationship with and choices relating to food. Combining a lifelong interest in home cooking with her science background via a post-graduate diploma in Nutrition, Jennie was able to turn her health, and her life, around with positive dietary and lifestyle changes. 

With over 35 years of experience working in the Western Sydney health sector, as a Podiatrist, Jennie developed an acute awareness of the growing social and financial burden that chronic disease imposes on our community. This strengthened her long-held belief in the importance of using nutritional cooking skills to help prevent and manage chronic diseases, many of which are greatly affected by diet and lifestyle choices. 

Jennie founded The Cooks Workshop with the belief that by educating people about easy, nutritionally sound and enjoyable meal and cooking options, we can promote and actively support healthier lifestyles throughout the community, and particularly to those most in need.

 

Our Mission 

We believe that as cooking professionals, it is our responsibility to help Australians develop the skills and the confidence needed to instil nutritious foods and eating habits into their everyday lives. By working to share knowledge and skills on healthy food preparation, we can help people form and maintain the simple, nutritionally valuable diets that work to stave off and manage preventable chronic diseases. 

We are liaising with major agencies in the Australian health sector to expand our reach and enhance our understanding of how we can help everyday Australians. 

Our mission is to encourage a positive attitude towards nutritious food and healthy eating habits, within a fun, friendly setting. We aim to empower adults, children, and teenagers alike with the ability to make healthy, delicious food for themselves and the people around them, thereby creating positive change in the lives of many. 

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Our Work 

In accordance with our aim of promoting good nutrition for all Australians, we provide educational cooking programmes which support positive change at the community level, for individuals, families, workplaces, and community organisations. 

Help us lead the way in providing a consistent approach to healthy eating for people with a disability, particularly those living in shared living and group homes. Utilising available resources and support systems, we motivate towards adopting a healthy approach to food and improving health outcomes, whilst building real life skills and developing greater independence.

We believe in the power of every single person to better their life and the lives of those around them through healthy choices, so long as they are given the skills and the equipment needed to make them. Our programmes are targeted towards helping people develop the ability to make food choices that suit their specific dietary and health needs, financial situation, and personal tastes. 

The Cooking for Life project through design and content will create positive and sustainable change in areas of both psychosocial and physical health. Specifically, empowering participants with skills around food safety, food preparation, nutrition, healthy food choices, planning, and time management, in a safe and supported environment.

Evidence supports the view that benefits to cooking that extend beyond nutrition may be helpful in increasing motivation and frequency of cooking and that cooking interventions may positively influence psychosocial outcomes, that determinants of home cooking are more complex than simply possessing cooking skills.