Cooking at home over the past 30 years is a fraction of what it used to be. A quarter of millennials (people in their 20s and 30s) not only don’t know how to cook, they aren’t interested in cooking either. These are just a couple of the shocking truths I discovered when I met Ben, Barry, Mike and Jamie – the guys behind SORTEDfood.
A while ago they asked people who were following their Youtube Channel (which is brilliant if you haven’t seen it), why they subscribed. It turns out that heaps of people watched their show to learn to cook. Which shocked them a bit, because (their words, not mine) something is going wrong in the world if people are turning to four idiots on Youtube to learn to cook!!
As the sorts of guys who want to make a difference, they decided to do something. They teamed up with Co-op, did some research into cooking habits of millennials in the UK and as a result SORTEDfood will be addressing this cooking gap in 2017.
They asked myself and a few other food bloggers to come visit their HQ, eat some delicious and nutritious salads and homemade pizza and have a chat to discuss the cooking skills that we felt to be lacking in our local areas. How to cook steak properly, how to know when meat was cooked through, egg alternatives, how to use a slow cooker and cooking on a budget all popped up.
SORTEDfood recognise that education plays an important part in improving health, but we all need the skills in cooking, food prep and swapping ingredients in order to make tasty, nutritious food on any budget. Take pesto pasta as an example. Traditionally made using pine nuts, basil and parmesan cheese which might not feature in everyone’s pantry, Ben made the above pesto pasta using spinach, walnuts and standard grated cheese. No one could tell the wiser, and it was just as delicious as the original.
While I was at SORTEDfood HQ I took the opportunity to address one of my major cooking gaps and had Ben teach me how to make perfect poached eggs. I can’t even begin to express how excited I was about this!
This year they’re going to be doing heaps of things as part of the #CookingGap campaign, including Youtube videos covering specific cooking skills to help bridge that gap and teach people how to cook. Keep your eyes peeled!