What will get people cooking again? The role of public policy

13 December 2017 16:30 - 13 December 2017 00:00
B200, University Building, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB

Centre For Food Policy's Food Thinkers Christmas Special Debate:

Cooking and the lack of cooking skills are often put forward as one of the reasons for the decline in nutrition and the rises in obesity. On a broader level cooking skills are often put forward as the solution to many social problems such as 'broken families', food poverty, eating together and sustainable eating.

While there is a lot of support for the concept of teaching people to cook, the public policy world has not been supportive of cooking, for example, the demise of home economics and cooking in school curricula has raised concerns among food policy advocates. What constitutes cooking skills is the subject of many newspaper and academic articles and changes in technology and lifestyles have a bearing on how we construct our concept of 'cooking'.

So, while agreeing that cooking is important the panel will explore from their different perspectives the importance and limitations of cooking as a solution to problems and how public policy can support existing initiatives and develop new ones. It will be followed by a debate and Q&A with the audience about the extent to which public policy at the local and national level should prioritise cooking skills as a solution to health and social problems.

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Confirmed panellists so far include:

Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board
Professor Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy, Centre for Food Policy
Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics, St. Angela's College, Sligo
Catherine Maxwell, Founder & Director, The Any Body Can Cook Community Interest Company
Local Authority representative to be confirmed

Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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