A new restaurant to open in Glasgow next month allows diners to cook their own meals in what is being hailed as the ‘UK’s first cooking club.’
As well as operating as a normal restaurant, Cookie will allow members of its exclusive cooking club to cook their own food under the supervision of head chef Iain Walker, as part of founders Domenico del Priore and Dr Melanie McCallum’s aim to ‘educate and promote healthy food practice.’
While Cookie will operate as a public restaurant, bar and club for the most part, cooking club members will also have the option to rent out the entire premises to cater for their friends.
McCallum said the initiative was born of the pair’s active interest in public health issues, and aimed to promote good practice in cooking techniques through their open kitchen.
“We live in a society which often substitutes labels and certificates for sensible application of good practice,” she said. “It is not our intention to allow all-comers to cook or use our kitchen facilities. Rather, we are launching a cooking club, supported and promoted by current UK health policy, whereby people who wish to gain access to our kitchen will go through an induction process and be supported and controlled in their usage. Our intention is to educate and promote healthy food practice; to share in the joy and knowledge of good food.”
Cookie will also operate as an off-license, food and wine importer and art gallery as part of its aim to ‘break down the barriers’ of food production, distribution, preparation and consumption.