What’s better than ordering your favourite meal from a take out? Making it yourself! And as we know, nothing beats a home-cooked meal! Even if you have never cooked anything beyond grilled cheese, improving your cooking skills can seriously improve your quality of life.

Learning cooking as a skill is a great choice for anyone, it helps us increase our knowledge of different cuisines and flavours around the world. You will realise pretty quickly that good food can be just as convenient and quickly available as most of the junk food alternatives. Becoming more aware of how meals are constructed means you will pay more attention to what you eat which will result in smarter, more delicious, and healthy choices.

Cooking is less expensive compared to eating at restaurants, fast food joints and school cafeterias. Not to mention, spending money on pre-packaged meals gets too expensive for a young adult or families on a budget. You have the control over your menu and can pick exactly what you want to eat at every meal. Preparing fresh foods will put necessary nutrition into your diet and increase your energy and quality of health in the short and long run.

You will learn proper planning and preparation skills to see a task through while contributing in a positive way to the health of your family and friends. Cooking can also help boost your self-esteem. Cooking activities are a great way to express your artistry. You are the master of the canvas. From learning how to cut vegetables and fruits quickly or garnishing the dish in an attractive way etc. Try new things! You can always eat your mistakes. Mmm, yes, those delicious mistakes! Cooking can help you practice subjects like science, reading and math, and will increase your critical thinking. Cooking is great way to relieve stress after a hard day of school or work.

So, how to start?

You can buy a cook book: invest in a good cookbook that is presented in easy-to-understand style and goes through the most basic recipes, with scope to get adventurous as confidence levels rise.

Attend a cookery class: getting together with a group of other people who are in the same boat as you create camaraderie and support for each other’s efforts.  It’s amazing how quickly group bonding and praise can raise confidence levels in the kitchen!

Searching for recipes online: arguably the easiest way would be to search for any dish you would like to cook online and you will get tons of websites with different recipes and tricks and tips to cook it.

Practice cooking: as we all know, practice makes perfect. Nothing gives you a better experience in cooking than doing it over and over again till you get it right. And believe me, if the interest levels are there in the first place, it won’t take long for you to be impressing yourself. Confidence builds confidence. It all starts from there.

So why sit idle, get up and cook that dish you love!