Admission Price: Free to attend, please register in advance
Speakers: Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board
Professor Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy, Centre for Food Policy
Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics, St. Angela's College, Sligo
Catherine Maxwell, Founder & Director, The Any Body Can Cook Community Interest Company
Marjon Willers, Specialist Dietician for Schools and Early Years, Islington Health and Wellbeing Team
Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy
The Centre for Food Policy’s Food Thinkers series aims to advance the thinking and practice of integrated approaches to food policy. For this Christmas Special we are delighted to welcome our panellists and guests to debate and discuss the extent to which public policy should prioritise cooking skills as a solution to health and social problems.
The debate will be followed by a festive drinks reception in the Pavillion, ground floor, University Building.
Cooking and the lack of cooking skills are often put forward as one of the reasons for the decline in nutrition and the rises in obesity. On a broader level cooking skills are often put forward as the solution to many social problems such as 'broken families', food poverty, eating together and sustainable eating.
While there is a lot of support for the concept of teaching people to cook, the public policy world has not been supportive of cooking, for example, the demise of home economics and cooking in school curricula has raised concerns among food policy advocates. What constitutes cooking skills is the subject of many newspaper and academic articles and changes in technology and lifestyles have a bearing on how we construct our concept of 'cooking'.
So, while agreeing that cooking is important the panel will explore from their different perspectives the importance and limitations of cooking as a solution to problems and how public policy can support existing initiatives and develop new ones. It will be followed by a debate and Q&A with the audience about the extent to which public policy should prioritise cooking skills as a solution to health and social problems.
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When and where
6.30pm - 8.30pmWednesday 13th December 2017