Cooking Class Example Menus

I have created a comprehensive guide for sports dietitians to conducting a cooking class for their athletes. Here are some examples of the menus I have done in the past, as well as the group I have done them with to give you some idea of relevance.

It would be wise to attempt these recipes yourself before getting a group to replicate it, to ensure that you know the process and how long it would take, and are aware of any points that may be difficult for new cooks.

Type of group Demographics Meal plan
AFL
2008
17-20 yr olds
Professional footballers
AFL
2009
17-20 yr olds
Professional footballers
Gymnastics
2015
11-14 yr olds
Training at an institute of sport
Kayak/Canoe
2016
Early 20's
Institute trained athletes
WA Women's
cricket
2017
19 – 22 yr olds
Professional athletes, with more cooking experience
WA Women's
cricket
2017
19 – 22 yr olds
Professional athletes, with more cooking experience
WA Women's
cricket
2018
19 – 22 yr olds
Professional athletes
Vegetarian in the group, so went with an all veggie menu
Other ideas Simple and more basic skill levels
  • Sushi rolls
  • Rice paper rolls
  • Pizza, MYO mini pizzas
Other ideas More complicated recipes or for more adventurous palettes
  • Chilli chocolate mousse
  • Baked desserts

Survivial Cookbooks

Another source of great recipes for athletes that would be suitable for a cooking class are the Survival Cookbook series. These books were developed by the team of sport dietitians at the Australian Institute of Sport, evolving out of the cooking classes which the Institute had been running with its athletes for many years.

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