This past May and June, Cooking Matters CT hosted a Cooking Matters for Adults six-week informational and hands-on cooking class sponsored by Trinity Health – St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The class would meet once a week and the instructor Kellie Gilbert would have a long table set up in front of the room with a plethora of food, drinks, and ingredients for the class to learn about and use for a highly active and hands on-cooking session that would take place after the lecture part of the class. During week five our current communications intern Denzel Robinson observed and interviewed some class members.
When asked about the class environment, all interviewees stated it was very comfortable, while one individual, Denise Denton went as far as to say, “It’s like a family.” The Cooking Matters class also received a 10 out of 10 rating from all members who were interviewed.
One participant noted, “I got way more than what I expected from the class and I’m reading labels a lot now, which has helped me understand what foods are healthy and which food aren’t.”
Another class member Karlene stated, “I learned a lot about making different types of food and using what you have at home to make a meal.”
Another class member Gonzalo mentioned, “I’ve learned more than I thought I would and I found that she [Kellie] knows what she’s talking about.”
All in all, the class has been described by members as a comfortable and an accepting place where individuals with all different levels of cooking knowledge can come together to understand more about food preparation, practical nutrition, food budgeting, and shopping techniques–and have an enjoyable experience while learning it.
If you would like to volunteer, donate, or host a Cooking Matters class visit http://www.cookingmattersct.org.