See our Gallery for videos describing and showing what we do, slideshows of some of our workshops, cookery classes and demonstrations, and press coverage of our activities.

Our services are provided to organisations from the state sector, private and public companies, and the voluntary and charitable sectors.

Please phone or email us with your requirements so that we can better serve your needs.

Whatever's cooking, YOU CAN COOK!

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Training Provider

Youth training

Are you looking to train young people, develop life skills, or simply to find out if they are suited for a career in the catering industry? We run a professional training programme to help and support individuals gain back their confidence, learn transferable skills through cooking, acquire new knowledge and understanding about food and health and the discipline required to work in the industry.

The aim is to deliver a structured course that will enable young people to learn basic techniques and skills in cookery that will last a lifetime!

Please contact us for further information with regards to your specific needs and requirements as the course is flexible and can be tailored to the needs of your group.

We are registered as a Training Provider on My World of Work which is brought to you by Skills Development Scotland – Scotland's national skills body.

We also work with with vulnerable young people and adults, long term unemployed. schools, over 50's and disadvantaged groups and communities all over Scotland.


Energised Lunches workshop

Feeling sluggish, tired, and slow after your lunch? Well! This workshop is for you. We at YOU CAN COOK have put together an informative workshop that takes place on your office premises. Topics covered are what to eat and drink during your working day and also what are the foods and drinks to avoid. We talk about what goes into your food and why you should know about some of the ingredients that are added. We provide all the ingredients and equipment and we come to you.
Health benefits and nutritional values of our workshops have been assessed by Food Innovation @ Abertay, University of Abertay, Dundee
Food Innovation, University of Abertay, Dundee
Tasters provided. Demo only.

Duration: 60 minutes

Food as Medicine workshop

The aim of this workshop is to provide inspiration and practical information that will help you to adopt healthy eating habits and to use food in a medicinal way.

The advantage of using food as medicine is that it is readily available to all of us and can be self-administered with relative safety.

We provide all the ingredients and equipment and we come to you.
Tasters provided. Demo only

Duration: 60 minutes

Cookery Classes and Demonstrations

  • Seasonal and Local Produce
  • International Cuisine
  • Low Budget Meals
  • Special Diets
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Meals
  • Little Cooks (Under 12's)
  • Heart-y Meals

and many more...


Energised Lunches talk

A presentation on the foods and drinks that are beneficial for keeping your energy at optimum levels during your working day. Participants will learn valuable tips on staying healthy while employers will benefit from a workforce that is aware of the health implications of the food their staff eat during their working day!
This workshop is aimed at employers to help support staff and boost productivity levels.
A win-win situation for all involved.
This will be followed by a discussion and Q & A's.
Health benefits and nutritional values of our workshops have been assessed by Food Innovation @ Abertay, University of Abertay, Dundee
Food Innovation, University of Abertay, Dundee

Duration: 60 minutes

Food as Medicine

An interactive workshop on the foods and drinks that are beneficial for our health. Participants will learn about the different types of foods and drinks in the market and also foods that are grown in different ways and their impact on us in the long term. Common foods for common ailments and how we are being ripped by the pharmaceutical industry for their own benefit.
Remember Health is Wealth! And you do have a choice.
This workshop is aimed at all ages.
The talk will be followed by a discussion and Q & A's.

Duration: 60 minutes

Bosco Santimano will explain what a social enterprise is and cover possible options available to entrepreneurs and organisations in setting up a social enterprise and look at some available legal structures and is designed to be user friendly and informal and plenty of time to ask loads of questions.

Duration: 60 minutes (including questions from participants)
Fee: Negotiable

Bosco Santimano will tackle all issues relating to Community Interest Companies and its relevance to social enterprises. Participants will understand the various legal structures available within the CIC regulations and most importantly be able to make a decision on whether CIC’s are right for their business idea and aspirations. The pros and cons of Community Interest Companies as a model to do business will be outlined/discussed.

Duration: 60 minutes (including questions from participants)
Fee: Negotiable

Please note that the above talks can be tailored to suit specific needs and the duration can be extended to cover certain topics if required.

Online Nutritional Information

See our Food & Health page.

Our Awards

Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2011-12 Finalist

More about us

We are registered with Central Registered Body in Scotland (CRBS). Our staff have Enhanced Disclosures to work with Under 18s and Vulnerable Adults.

YOU CAN COOK will encourage and empower local communities to make informed choices about their food and health while allowing them to make these changes at their own pace.

We will enable participants to engage in a social and educational activity through learning basic techniques and skills in cookery.

  • When necessary we will use recycled and home compostable plates and cutlery.
  • Reduce our printed marketing materials
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Massive reduction in carbon footprint due to operational strategy [ We come to you with equipment and ingredients]
  • Profits go back in the community
  • Flexible & Family-friendly policies
  • Customised Service
  • We are a Social Enterprise
  • Health and Safety
  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity
  • Home Working
  • Training
  • Email and Internet
  • Confidentiality
  • Data Protection
  • Adult at Risk Protection
  • Child Protection
  • Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
  • Lone Working Policy
  • Cash Handling Policy
  • Finance Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Social Media Policy
  • General Data Protection Regulation 2018

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