Ku-ring-gai Council is getting behind a new venture to encourage older men to learn cooking skills and make new friends.
The Ku-ring-gai Men’s Kitchen is modelled on a concept that has been successfully running on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The idea behind it is to create a space for older men who have retired or lost their partner to learn how to cook and meet other men in a similar stage of life.
Retirement for some men is a time to improve their golf handicap and pursue other hobbies. But, for others, it’s a time when they lose their sense of purpose and miss the interaction with work colleagues. Research has shown that men are far more likely to become depressed and isolated in later life when they stop working, due to friendships being sacrificed for their careers. Older men who live alone often have the extra burden of not being able to cook themselves a nutritious meal.
However, the upside is that with more time on their hands this extra time can be used positively to increase their skills and meet new people. For older men, living on their own or with a partner, learning to cook together with others is a very rewarding experience.
The Men’s Kitchen provides a fun, safe, supportive and instructive environment where men can learn cooking skills and make new mates in the process. Each month, members choose what they would like to prepare, then under the guidance of two experienced instructors, the group prepares the selected dishes. Once the cooking is done, everyone sits together to enjoy their culinary creations.
Old Dogs. New Tricks. Great Mates.
The Men’s Kitchen is well-established on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and is currently looking to find people in and around Ku-ring-gai who may be interested in being involved in a Men’s Kitchen. With the theme of ‘Old Dogs. New Tricks. Great Mates’ the Ku-ring-gai Men’s Kitchen is holding an introductory session on Friday 31 August at Turramurra Seniors Centre for men wishing to learn cooking skills, as well as volunteers who might be able to assist with the program.
It will be a wonderful opportunity to get involved in a great organisation and, while learning the ins and outs of the kitchen, make some new mates in the process.
Ku-ring-gai Mayor Jeff Pettett said The Men’s Kitchen would be similar to other activity-based groups for men which have been running successfully for several years in Ku-ring-gai.
“It’s never too late to learn a new skill and what could be better than learning how to cook a nice meal and have a chat at the same time”.