1. How does the course work?
Jamie's Ministry of Food is a basic 5 week cooking course, with 10 week courses being offered at our Geelong Centre. Classes are the same time each week and run for 90 minutes. Classes are completely hands on, participants get to see, smell, feel and taste everything you cook. Every week you will learn to cook simple, healthy and tasty meals using fresh ingredients. The course will also cover meal planning, budgeting and shopping tips, as well as key nutritional information.
2. Who can attend the course?
The course is open to people who want to learn the basics of cooking. The minimum age is 12 years. Children aged between 12 and 15 (inclusive) can enrol but MUST be accompanied by a parent /guardian (1:3 ratio).
3. Do I need to attend all classes?
Participants MUST attend the first class. If you are unable to participate in the first class you will not be able to attend the following classes. All bookings are non-transferable or refundable.
4. What happens if I miss a class?
Bookings are non-transferable and payments are non-refundable.
5. What do I need to wear to a class?
You need to wear comfortable, practical clothing and closed toe shoes for safety in the kitchen. You will also be required to tie back long hair in the interests of food safety
6. What do I need to bring?
For your first class, you do not need to bring anything. We provide all of the equipment, ingredients and an apron.
7. Is the Ministry of Food Program accessible for people with a disability or special needs?
Participants with a disability or special needs are encouraged to contact us to discuss their requirements prior to booking into a course. Please see Centre details below.
Participants who require a carer due to special needs must ensure that the carers’ details are provided to Jamie’s Ministry of Food through a booking form before commencing the course. The same carer must attend all classes in the Course for health and safety purposes. It is preferable for a person with special needs to arrive 15 minutes before the first class to ensure that Jamie's Ministry of Food trainers have adequate time to discuss any issues that may arise for the participant during the course.
8. What times are the classes?
Schedules vary slightly in each location – Click on your closest centre page for further details:
Mobile Kitchens – please call (03) 9282 9100
9. What if I don't like what is cooked?
The recipes taught throughout the course are designed to offer all participants the chance to increase their cooking skills whilst teaching key nutritional information and how to prepare cost effective recipes for all. Furthermore we hope to teach all participants to cook with new ingredients and develop their palate.
10. How do I book into a course?
You can book online at https://thegoodfoundation.secure.force.com/bookings
or drop into a Centre (see full details below).
11. How much does a course cost and how do I pay?
12. Are gift vouchers available?
- 5 Week Courses
The course costs $50 for the 5 weeks (5 classes) or $25 for a valid concession card holder. You can pay online using a credit card or PayPal. If you want to pay cash for a course, you may do so in the Centre or on the Mobile Kitchen.
- 10 Week Courses (Geelong Centre)
The course costs $100 for the 10 weeks (10 classes) or $50 for a valid concession card holder. You can pay online using a credit card or PayPal, or if you wish to pay cash, you may do so in the Geelong Centre.
Yes; only for the Centres. A gift voucher is a great way to encourage a member of your family or a friend to participate in a cooking course. Gift vouchers are available for purchase and are for the total fee of the course* (50% discount with a valid concession card). You can purchase a gift voucher for a family member or friend in person at the Centre or at our online gift voucher store: http://thegoodfoundation.force.com/GiftVouchers/
Gift vouchers are valid for 6 months.
13. How do I redeem a gift voucher?
You can use a valid gift voucher as payment for a course through the online bookings website. You can also drop into a Centre with your valid gift voucher where you will be provided with a range of class options to book into.
14. Can I make a group booking?
If you are part of community or corporate organisations you can make a group booking by contacting the Centres directly or online. The maximum number of people able to attend any one class is 12 or 15 in Geelong.
Contact details for Centres below.
15. What do I do if I have a food allergy or dietary requirement?
If you have a food allergy please contact the Centre when you book into a course. As the course is designed to provide a broad knowledge of cooking skills, we are unable to offer special ingredients to accommodate specific needs.
Jamie's Ministry of Food Ipswich
d'Arcy Doyle Place
Ipswich QLD 4305
Phone 07 3281 0340
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Wetherill Park
561-583 Polding Street
Wetherill Park NSW 2164
Phone 02 9756 1001
Jamie's Ministry of Food Geelong
106 Moorabool Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Phone 03 5222 8413
Pop-Up Kitchen Details:
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Pop-Up Noarlunga
Shop SP 129
Colonnades Shopping Centre
Ramsey Place off Beach Road
Noarlunga SA 5168
Phone 08 8326 0123
For information on both the Queensland and Victorian Mobile Kitchens please call 03 9282 9100
The Good Foundation Head Office
169 Park Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone 03 9282 9100