Our specially designed nutrition teaching facilities allow students to gain hands-on experience in a teaching kitchen. It is primarily used by students on the BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition degree, but is also used by those on the BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training degrees.
The laboratory is used by students for basic cooking skills, and learning about the influence of culture on food. Applied human nutrition students also use the laboratory for modifying recipes to meet special dietary requirements or health goals. The laboratory is used for extra-curricular activities for the nutrition students and staff, such as the healthy eating cooking session covering basic knife and cookery skills, run by the celebrity chef James Tanner.
Cook and eat sessions have been held in the laboratory, run by the nutrition staff for internal and external groups, and each with a different focus. For example, sports nutrition sessions have been held for TASS (talented athlete scholarship scheme) and HPA (high performance academy) athletes, where they have learnt how to make sports drinks, training, and recovery food. Parents of school-aged children and University staff learnt how to make healthy meals quickly and easily that the whole family will enjoy. And Solent University freshers have classes on healthy eating on a budget, and learning basic cookery skills to prepare them for their new life away from home.
The laboratory includes industry-standard cooking equipment, and also contains healthy eating educational tools such as large-scale Eatwell Guides and food models.