Southern Stay participants build lifelong cooking skills

Fourteen Southern Stay participants recently completed a 10 week cooking program at the Hamilton District Skills Centre under the guidance of Tony MacGillivray and Lisa Lowin, building their skills in food preparation and healthy choices.


Each week for 10 weeks, the group followed easy-read healthy recipes that utilised a range of fresh foods including; stir frys, chicken and vegetable kebabs and fish dishes to name a few. The cooks were encouraged to take their recipes home and replicate dishes with families, and they did! The chicken club sandwich has been just one of the recipes reported to have been repeated in the home.




As well as doing the cooking, participants took trips to the supermarket to read product labels and select healthy choices, and an excursion to the local Kiss and Run egg part to learn where eggs come from before gathering their own and turning them into a frittata.

To celebrate the conclusion of the program, participants cooked a showcase of recipes from throughout the 10 weeks for their families and friends, and were awarded an introduction to cooking certificate. A recipe book is now being prepared for each participant of recipes used throughout the program that will also be made available to other Southern Stay clients for a small printing fee.

Participants are now armed with food safety and food preparation skills they wouldn’t have obtained otherwise! Congratulations to all involved, and to Southern Stay and HDSC for the thriving partnership that has made this program possible. A second program is planned to commence in July. For any more details, or to enquire about the next program, please Contact Lynne Millard, Operations Manager Southern Stay on 5572 1028. 


How has your community group, workplace, school or sporting club been encouraging healthy choices recently? Let us know! Share your story with the GenR8 CHange support team through facebook, email [email protected] , or phone 5551 8475.