Food Services launches interactive cooking classes

Food Services launches interactive cooking classes

Resident Registered Dietitian Dahlia Abou El Hassan brings learning to life with Teaching Kitchen - a kind of cooking class that combines culinary instruction using healthful whole ingredients, nutrition education, mindfulness, and addresses food insecurity with students in mind.

Working with the Executive Chef Sergio Onorati, a series of cooking classes will have students cooking up various recipes that they can easily execute and will be offered at both Glendon and Keele campuses. With Chef leading students on the method and technical skills of cooking, Dietician Dahlia enriches the experience by educating students on nutritional facts of the recipe and offering ingredient alternatives for those with restrictions and intolerances with the aim of improving wellness through food.

The first series saw students make their dollar go a little further with lentil tacos and cilantro lime slaw. The cooking classes are free to students and all equipment and ingredients are provided to create the dish.

Each series will introduce students to new recipes. Registered Dietician Dahlia believes “this initiative was launched to help address the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. It helps us increase food literacy and empower students to make nutritious and affordable recipes in a hands-on environment.”

Students are already raving about their experience. “The dietitian was so enthusiastic and energetic, it was amazing to feel how caring and passionate she is. The chef was so knowledgeable and kind… I felt very welcomed… I liked the emphasis on safety and health! The atmosphere was relaxing, but I also felt like I was gaining important life skills like cooking and nutrition knowledge.”

The next Teaching Kitchen takes place on March 9, 2023 in Stong Dining Hall and March 15th at Glendon Marche and will feature Middle Eastern Taboule Salad. Seats are limited so register early. Stay tuned for new dates and recipes.