Cooking Together Culinary Sessions

Location: Russia

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Nov 21, 2012, updated November 2012

Cooking Together Culinary Sessions
Cooking together:The Cooking Together culinary sessions offer kids a chance to socialize while picking up good cooking and nutrition habits.

The need for good nutrition education is evident for children who graduate from orphanages and boarding schools. This issue was raised by NGOs acting on their behalf.

In March 2009 Nestlé launched a series of studies called, “Culinary sessions Cooking together” for children and teenagers. As a rule the guests at the Nestlé culinary studio are disadvantaged children, often boarding school pupils and graduates, children from orphanages, as well as disabled children.

Programme description

Sessions are held once every two months and their goal is not merely to teach how to cook simple and tasty dishes, but also to provide a safe atmosphere for the children to socialize. Nestlé volunteers help the children to do this by creating a home-like atmosphere at the studio and children acquire new knowledge easily in the form of free and easy talk while cooking lunch together. The main goal of this programme is to instill a basic understanding of nutritional culture among children and provide practical experience that they need after they graduate from boarding schools. The culinary studio can host about 20 people (both children and volunteers).

Value to Society

Benefits of the programme include:

  • Pragmatic value of teaching children to cook plus acquaintance with culture of Nestlé
  • Helping NGOs in their mission of socialising disadvantaged children

The Culinary sessions are well received by the children as well as the programme supervisors. The supervisors noticed positive behaviour changes as well as increased knowledge about good nutrition and good cooking habits.

Value to Nestlé

Raising awareness about Nestlé, it's culture, mission, products and bringing up consumer loyalty.

Next Steps

The programme aims to increase the number of sessions as well as ensure more training for its volunteers.