Elior UK has launched a cookery school at the Penrhyn Road campus of Kingston University designed to help students create well priced, convenient and easy to make dishes at home.

A new recipe will be taught in each monthly class, with an emphasis placed on healthy eating.

Paul Fisher, Director of Education for Elior UK, says: “At Elior it’s the whole experience that matters and we’re particularly excited about our new cookery courses. Open to all students, these culinary masterclasses will run once a month on a first come, first cook basis with all the ingredients needed for the class provided. Our chefs will run the majority of the classes, however students and staff will conduct some sessions to show just how simple and easy creating a delicious meal can be.”

After each demonstration, a video of the class will be available to view online for others to follow and recreate.

Kingston University has invested £85,000 during the summer to the Penrhyn Road Campus student Foodstore, including additional counters, redecoration and new furniture. Elior is introducing the cookery school as part of a refreshed food offer designed to appeal to students and to help them  understand more about food and become more interested in creating their own meals.

The food offer, designed by Elior, includes Heavenly Burger and Pizza Foundry where gourmet burgers and freshly made pizzas come as standard. Deli-concept Go Sasa, build your own soup offer Umami and ChU a street food offer based on Malaysian, Indian, Oriental, American and North African cuisine will also be available and will allow a greater choice and combination of tastes than ever before

Paul adds: “We’re going to be working with students to run monthly taste tests to see which dishes are favoured among the students. Each month, the dish that is voted winner in these taste tests will be stickered a ‘students’ favourite’ on the menu.”

Richard Jewitt, KUSCO Head of Support Services, says: “Our students expect good value and tasty dishes to be available at the University throughout the day, and Elior has continued to work hard to understand what our students want and how best to provide it. The new food ranges will offer an increased choice at great value, whilst the cookery school will help to teach our students how easy it can be to cook great tasting meals on a budget.”