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Let’s Get Cookin’

Let’s Get Cookin’ is a fun and easy way to teach cooking skills to children and youth (grades 5 and up). If you enjoy cooking, why not share your expertise and make this program come alive? Volunteer and start running the Let’s Get Cookin’ program in your school community! The program, adapted from Niagara Region Public Health, is based on a “train the trainer” model. All volunteers must complete the E-Learning training module to run the program in their school or community group. Please note the ratio of facilitators to participants is 1:5. The more facilitators that are trained, the easier it is to run the program.



Please contact us at or 519-663-5317 ext. 9010

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Once you're trained as a Let's Get Cookin' facilitator, you'll receive access to all material and recipes to support the program. Materials and recipes are available in English and French.

Access the facilitator portal with your username and password


The Program:

  • consists of one orientation session and six themed cooking sessions
  • two different recipes are prepared at each session and can be prepared in under one hour (room set-up and clean-up will take additional time)
  • recipes include either a vegetable or fruit
  • can be run in a classroom, proximity to water, refrigerator and freezer required
  • no stove is required for recipe preparation (electric skillets are used for cooking)
  • recipes were selected to develop basic cooking skills and use basic equipment
  • cost of preparing two recipes per session is approximately $20-$30 for tasting for 10 participants to taste the recipes
  • a complete list of equipment, recipes and all the information required to facilitate the program is available on the Facilitator Portal

What some Facilitators have said about the program:

  • “would highly recommend this program to any school that is considering implementing it”
  • “kids loved it”, “it was “fun”, “many participants appreciated that their friends were here”
  • “amazing opportunity for our children and teaches them the responsibilities in the kitchen. They learn the basics to prepare a meal, good kitchen practices and in a structured and exciting way”
  • “encourages reading skills, measuring, team work, and skill development”

Facilitator Information

As a facilitator you will need to be able to:

  • understand and interpret the information presented during training
  • read, understand,and accurately use the information provided in training and in the Facilitators Portal (e.g., content information, safety information, recipes, shopping list etc.)
  • lead the orientation session and six cooking sessions at your location
  • communicate effectively and provide participants with key information for each session including safety information

What will I do as a trained facilitator?

  • purchase equipment to run the program
  • recruit or decide how participants will be selected to participate in the program (if in a school in consultation with principal and/or other staff)
  • ensure consents have been sent home and are returned prior to starting program (store according to school policy)
  • purchase the approved sanitizer and understand how to safely use it to sanitize the room, equipment and dishes (in schools speak with custodian and/or principal)
  • buy groceries for each session as listed on the portal
  • review the facilitator portal and plan sessions based on the information provided
  • prior to each cooking session, clean and sanitize the room where cooking will occur, as well as clean and sanitize the room, dishes, and equipment following each session
  • set up the room for the sessions
  • facilitate the orientation session and subsequent cooking sessions
  • keep track of attendance (and store according to school policy)
  • respond to the survey after completion of the series

About the E-Learning Training Module:

Before completing the E-Learning Training Module please ensure you have permission to run the program in your location. The E-Learning Training Module is designed to provide the important information you require to facilitate the program at your school or agency. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. There is a quiz at the end to test your knowledge about the program.

During the E-Learning Training Module, volunteers will learn about:

  • program design and facilitation
  • basic food and kitchen safety
  • cooking session overview

After completing the E-Learning Training Module, please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • the anticipated start date for Let's Get Cookin' at your school or organization
  • the school or organization you are affiliated with
  • your role within the school or organization

Following the E-Learning Training:

  • participants will be sent an email detailing how to access the Facilitator Portal where all information to support the program is available
  • a Public Health staff member will be available to come to the first session of your program to provide assistance

E-Learning Training Module



Let's Get Cookin' - E-learning Traning Module

Download Training Module (PPTX)

Date of creation: March 1, 2013
Last modified on: September 19, 2023