Fifty households across the city will be tasked with whipping up the finest, healthy dishes based on wholesome and nourishing recipes developed by Adult Learning tutors.
Each budding chef will receive a box of healthy ingredients and cooking utensils delivered to their homes to be able to work their magic and create a week’s supply of delicious family meals by following the online video tutorials made by Adult Learning, or the enclosed easy-to-follow, budget-friendly recipe cards.
The challenge has been made possible thanks to Welsh Government funding through the Building a Healthier Wales approach via Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, agreed by our local strategic partnerships, which seeks to transform health and well-being through a focus on prevention and early intervention. The cooking challenge will promote healthy cooking and eating habits amongst residents who take part as every meal will be carefully chosen for both its nutritious values as well as for cost-effectiveness.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said:
“Our healthy cooking challenge is a brilliant way to engage residents across the city in healthy eating and cooking, to help support their overall health and wellbeing. We will provide all the ingredients people need to cook nutritious meals for a family of four and are asking them to send us photos so we can judge which meals look the best – unfortunately, we can’t taste test at this current time!
“As well as promoting healthy eating and living to people in the challenge, we hope to demonstrate that it is possible to eat well on a budget and to pass on some useful tips on how to shop on a budget. We hope that everyone taking part in the challenge finds it useful as we know many people have struggled to be able to afford food and essentials over the past year.
“So the challenge is also an opportunity for people to find out more about council services that can help them too, such as support from our Money Advice team, who have helped thousands of people with money worries. And our Adult Learning service, which runs a wide range of recreational classes including cooking, can also help people looking to upskill to get back into work or to boost their opportunities in a different job sector.
“It’s a useful way for us to raise awareness of our services and we hope everyone taking part enjoys the challenge and hopefully learns something new. We’re very keen to hear from households in all parts of the city and cooks of all abilities – whether you’re already a whizz in the kitchen or you regularly burn the toast! Give it a go!”
Once the 50 households are signed up to the challenge and their food deliveries have arrived, families will have until March 31 to send photos of their culinary masterpieces to The winner will be chosen based on presentation and how tasty the meals look. The champion cooks will win a supermarket voucher worth £150.