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Cooking in the Outdoors: Food Hygiene, Policies & Recipe

Why do we at Ignite Unlocking Potential train our staff with the ITC Level 2 Food Safety in the Outdoors course? 

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As a Forest School & Outdoor Learning specialist we train teachers and other professionals in Forest School Pedagogy. As a professional or enthusiastic learner we will help you to achieve the highest standards in Outdoor Learning. Our courses are designed to help you achieve outdoor excellence and deliver practice that far exceeds any minimum standards that apply in our field.

We love cooking in the outdoors and more importantly so do the groups we work with. We prioritise cooking as part of fulfilling Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs to ensure engagement in learning, to develop an awareness of healthy eating, as an essential lifeskill,  as a fun way to engage pupils in cross curricular and LNF activities such as measuring & ratios and most importantly to simply enjoy cooking and eating healthy food!

We use cooking in most of our every day work at Ignite Unlocking Potential from our Ladybirds Parent & Toddler group (pictured above), John Muir award programmes, Forest School training and in school FS projects, Holiday camps and DofE groups. Our go to qualification for staff has always been the CIEH Level 2 and it still is however, after using the ITC version that we have adapted to the ‘Outdoors’ we will never go back.

The outdoor format is directly applicable to our unique role of Learning Outside of the traditional ‘four walled’ classroom. We do not usually cook indoors, we cook in the great outdoors and the difference is stark! Wind, rain, flying insects, birds and the challenges of temperature control on an open campfire to name but a few.

If your like us and cook in the outdoors this course is for you, we guarantee you will not be disappointed. This course is designed to balance the theory of food safety with the practical skills of cooking a 3 course lunch in the outdoors, developing good practice guidelines in a practical, fun, engaging and interactive manner.

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Picture above: making our starters of chorizo & mediterranean vegetable skewers (the starter on this course).

This course is suitable for:

  • Expedition Leaders
  • Forest School Leaders
  • Bush crafters
  • DofE Leaders
  • Nature Kindergarten Practitioners
  • Childcare, Play group, parent & Toddler workers
  • Uniformed Youth Services : Scouts, Guides, Cadets
  • Voluntary helpers
  • Any food handlers.

 

As a training provider our purpose is remove barriers and enable the great work of our trainees to continue. We love what we do and our business is helping you to do what you love.

Please see below for free downloadable copies of our favourite campfire recipe and some sample policies aligned to National Minimum Standards for childcare.

FREE: Example Policies aligned to NMS for childcare in Wales

Food Hygiene Policy

Food Hygiene Policy PDF

Food, Drinks & Healthy Eating Policy 

Food, Drinks and Healthy Eating Policy and Procedure PDF v1.0

 

Try our favourite campfire recipe: Campfire Mushroom risotto

Recipe- Mushroom Risotto PDF

 

Please share and inspire others to get cooking ………outside!

For more information on our next Outdoor Food Hygiene & others courses please visit us at Course & Events page

 

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