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Cooking Food: Now you’re cooking!

Cooking is an important life skill that can play an integral role in maintaining a lifelong healthy diet. If your Fresh Tastes school wants to get students started with practical experience in preparing and eating healthy food, then the Cooking Food action area is just what you need. The best bit is, students of all ages and abilities can get involved.

Watch why Macgregor Primary Students love cooking at school.

The Cooking Food action area


  • TQI accredited teacher professional development
  • Curriculum-linked teaching resources
  • Access to basic materials needed to do cooking activities


  • Teacher resources are mapped to the Australian Curriculum
  • Students can learn to make healthy food choices that positively affect their health and wellbeing
  • Cooking is a great way to involve parents and carers and can have a positive impact on the family

Fresh Tastes schools can access support, resources and discounts provided by our partners.

You’ll find more information in the Fresh Tastes Action Planning Guides that are provided to participating schools. If your school isn’t yet involved in Fresh Tastes, contact us today.

We’ve put together some success stories about how some of our Fresh Tastes schools have approached this action area with great results.

More cooking food activities and resources

On these pages you’ll find classroom ideas and links to useful websites and resources that offer cooking food activities and other ideas to get your students learning and having fun in the kitchen.

Remember your food safety

Food preparation and storage needs to comply with national and ACT legislative food handling practices. You’ll find food safety guides and helpful resouces available from the ACT Health, Health Protection Service website. There's also a factsheet available about the use of eggs and fresh produce in schools. Visit the website or call 02 6205 1700 for more information.