Child and Youth Cooking Programs: More Than Good Nutrition?

Jennifer Utter*, Anna P. Fay, Simon Denny

*Corresponding author for this work

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Given the changes to the global food environment and youth eating behaviors, an interest in culinary education for young people has reemerged. This review describes the experiential cooking programs for children and young people that have been conducted and evaluated to date. Youth cooking programs appear to result in better nutrition and cooking skills. Moreover, it is suggested that cooking programs may also positively influence social aspects of youth well-being. However, evaluations of these programs have been poor, and large-scale, randomized controlled trials are needed to quantify the true impact that cooking programs can have on nutrition and social well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-580
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number4
Early online date22 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


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