Cooking together in the kitchen is the best way to learn about fresh food, nutrition, healthy eating, and food safety.
Structured & Therapy Groups
Participants in our cooking groups will learn many preparation and cooking skills which they can use for the rest of their lives. Cooking allows children and young people to use all their senses – smelling, looking, touching, listening, tasting – to build upon their knowledge and comfort with food.
The cooking groups at Life Skills Hub assist young people to further develop:
Exposure to new foods and food experiences.
Engagement with similar aged peers and team bonding.
Focus and joint attention.
Sequencing and following instructions.
Social skills; turn-taking, role sharing and cooperation.
Fine motor skills such as bilateral coordination, dexterity and strength.
Social skills / bonding.
Skills in reading, Maths (measuring) and planning.
Foundational cooking skills to promote meal preparation and steps towards independent living skills
Our cooking programs are broken into two types:
Zesty Chef's Level 1 (Therapy) and Zesty Chef's Level 2 (Structured - Cooking for Fun)
Both programs will encourage young people’s participation through their interest and excitement in foods with age-appropriate kitchen activities.
Zesty Chef's Level 1 groups are designed with a stronger focus on skill building and development of foundational skills.
Zesty Chef's Level 2 is designed for children and young people who already show competent skills during cooking tasks (part of our step-down model). Read More about our step-down model here.
Our trained team will assist in determining which group would be most suitable based on a further screening document and/or intake appointment if required.
Group participants will work together throughout a 10-week block to achieve set tasks and objectives. Participants will be grouped together based on similar age/development where possible.
2 hour sessions.
Max. participants -4
Staff to client ratio Level 1 (Therapy) - 1 Allied Health Professional : 4 participants OR 2 Allied Health Assistants : 4 participants
Staff to client ratio Level 2 (Structured) - 1:4
Zesty Chef's Level 1 (Therapy) : $102.00 per session
Zesty Chef's Level 2 (Structured) : $62.00 per session
Costs are inclusive of $2 capital cost to contribute towards ingredients, and 10 minutes preparation/individual client note writing.