Centre: Jamie’s Ministry of Food Pop-Up
Location: Noarlunga, South Australia
Their teacher thought Jamie’s Ministry of Food would be an excellent opportunity for the students to build upon their cooking knowledge and experience in a community environment.
A Jamie’s Ministry of Food Trainer worked with the school to make a few minor adjustments to the program to accommodate students and ensure the group received maximum benefit.
Some of the ingredients such as garlic and chili were a little challenging for students to handle safely so they were pre-chopped. The benchtop configuration of students was predetermined to minimise distractions.
The School organised 2 carers for the group and Jamie’s Ministry of Food had a wonderful volunteer to assist students with hands-on skills such as chopping, stirring and cleaning, to explain or confirm instructions and reassure students. The salmon class was a huge hit with the students with many of them trying salmon for the first time.
Jamie’s Ministry of Food gave the students an increased knowledge and skills in food preparation and cooking. They loved trying new foods and learning about healthy eating and making the right choices. The course offered broader communication skills – students accepted instructions and listened to the Food Trainer, the volunteers and carers – not just the school teachers. They focused on modifying behaviour amongst the students with age appropriate responses to situations, working through challenges and accepting direction and redirection when a student was faced with a challenge.