Cooking skills firing up at blue tongue kitchen - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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People with disabilities have a new opportunity to grow their independence and confidence in meal preparation, with Thorneside cooking school Blue Tongue Kitchen launching its highly anticipated skill-building cooking workshops for NDIS participants.

The first 10-week program is now underway, featuring a variety of nutritious dishes as well as some sweet treats, so students can learn and master a range of life skills, as well as learning about kitchen safety and hygiene.

Classes are led by Blue Tongue Pantry’s Allan Groat, who has 35 years’ experience as a chef in Australia and abroad. Allan also runs classes for the general public, and has experience running cooking programs for young adults with special needs.

Allan has crafted a program that will take his students through a range of tastes and textures, featuring vegetable and protein-packed dishes, as well as some baked sweets such as apple crumble with custard, and buttercream cupcakes.

Students can sign up for the full 10-week program, which covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweet recipes, or to attend casually and choose the classes that interest them most. If they need assistance from a support worker, they can bring their own, or one can be provided for them.

NDIS plans are based on an individual’s goals, providing funding to help them pursue those goals. If a person has a goal in their NDIS plan to develop their independence and learn to cook for themselves, cooking lessons may be funded from the Capacity Building portion of their budget.

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