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Food Learning

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 kids, 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. During the pandemic we 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 250 sessions (some of which were delivered online through 2020 and early 2021). 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 Walk GP Practice, 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. 

If you organise or are a member of a local community group within the borough of Lambeth and would like to enquire about visiting the Garden Museum for a cooking session please get in touch with our Food Educator, Ceri Jones on ceri@gardenmuseum.org.uk.

Our Food Educator, Ceri Jones showing how to hold a cherry tomato with the ‘bridge’ for safe cutting in one of our hands on cooking sessions. 

A list of all our upcoming public food learning events are below.

Cooking sessions at the Museum

Our next cooking sessions are below.  Our classes are labelled as family or kids;

  • Family classes are for  young children aged 5-7 years (and older) old who attend with their parents or guardian (parents are invited to get stuck in with the cooking also).
  • Kids classes are for children aged 8-12 (and older) who attend without parental supervision. Parents can drop off their children and then enjoy spending time in the Museum or Garden Cafe while we cook. We do ask parents to stay on-site for the duration of the class.

Make sure you book onto the right one!

Masterclasses

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 6 participants per class.

All profits from the series will be put towards equipment for the studio as well as covering food costs for our community programmes.

Additional classes for 2022 will be announced soon.


Things to do at home

Check our our food learning resources page for recipes and recipe videos to watch, enabling you to cook our recipes from home.


Family Learning Newsletter

Sign up to receive our fun family activity newsletter, and details about upcoming family and community events


Food Learning Volunteers

We occasionally take on volunteers in Food Learning please see our volunteering page for current vacancies.

Image: Francis Augusto