Our food learning programme inspires people to cook with, learn more about, and enjoy to eat plants.
Our diverse programme includes hands-on ‘cook and eat’ sessions for local families, community groups who come along together, and open to all adult specialist masterclasses.
Through our sessions we hope to nurture an improved relationship with food, through experiences that link food and cooking with enjoyment and social connection. As well as encouraging confidence to try new things and learn new skills
Sessions take place in our beautiful purpose built learning studio kitchen, overlooking the Museum’s Sackler Garden. Since the pandemic we have adapted our programme to include interactive online family cooking sessions and online resources geared for families to cook in their own time at home.
We’ve been running the food learning programme since 2017, and since then have run over 200 sessions. As well as cooking with many local families and adults we have welcomed in community groups such as adults and young carers from Lambeth Carers Hub, South London Cares, South East London Vision, Archbishop Sumner School, Oasis Play Nature Garden, CEFL, Lambeth Children’s University and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
We base our recipes on seasonal vegetables and fruits and like to include botanically inspired foods such as edible flowers and herbs. Where possible we take inspiration from items in The Museum’s own collection, gardens or the temporary exhibitions. You can try out some of our recipes by checking out our food learning resources below.
For more information or questions about the food learning programme at the Museum please get in touch with our Food Learning Officer, Ceri Jones on email@example.com.
A list of all our upcoming public food learning events are below.
Family Online Cookalong Sessions
While social distancing remains we will be running short family feasts cooking sessions online on select Saturday mornings. Join us from your home kitchen.
We will also be running some online family cooking sessions over the Easter holidays - for details see below.
Our 90 minute family cookalong sessions are geared towards children aged 5-10, and they will need to be supervised throughout by an adult. We have a maximum of 6-8 families so we can all interact.
Click on the link below to find out what we’ll be cooking together, and to book your spot.
Keep checking back here regularly for updates. New sessions will be added on a monthly basis while we we review the possibility of returning to in-person sessions.
At our monthly masterclass series, you can learn from our expert food writers, chefs and teachers and leave with in-depth knowledge in a new type of cooking each month. From the botanical to the international, all classes are based on vegetarian produce, and take place in our learning studio kitchen.
All classes are very hands-on, with an element of demo from the teacher. Maximum 8 participants per class.
All profits from the series will be put towards equipment for the studio as well as our community programmes.
We will be rescheduling classes postponed due to the pandemic in autumn 2021, and will be in touch with ticket buyers in due course.
Each of our food learning sessions are supported by a food learning volunteer. We have a small team of regular volunteers, but are always looking for more to come and join us.
Volunteering involves helping a session leader set up for the session, assisting with the smooth running of the session, and helping to clear up afterwards. We welcome experienced professional cooks, enthusiastic home chefs and those wishing to gain experience in a food learning or teaching environment.
If you’re interested in becoming a food learning volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that volunteering at sessions is currently on hold until we return to in person sessions.
For more information on volunteering at the Garden Museum in general, please click here.