Cooking for Wellness - The Basics

Instructor Robin Schow cooks with student.

Cooking for Wellness – The Basics is a hands-on cooking course designed and taught by culinary educators to teach foundational techniques for a healthier lifestyle. Participants learn knife skills, how to prepare sauces and condiments, stocks and soups, and how to include fresh produce, whole grains, and healthful proteins into their daily meal plan to make delicious and nourishing food. 

  • NOTE: We need a minimum of 18 participants. If there are less than 18 registrations one week before the start of a session, then that session will be cancelled and your fees will be refunded. 

This course is open to anyone (no University affiliation necessary). UMN employees are eligible for Wellbeing Program points if they complete six of the seven lessons (attend four labs and three home assignments). Please refer to the UMN Wellbeing Program site for more information about Wellbeing points. 

Contact Education Program Director Robin Schow ( / 612-626-6425) for more information.


We will only offer 4-week sessions starting in January 2020 -
(Specific dates/times will be posted in late October 2019)

Session A: January/February 
Session B: February/March
Session C: March/April


Soba Noodle Salad

Here's what past participants have to say about Cooking for Wellness classes:
“The hands-on experience of making the recipes and then tasting them helped me feel more confident trying them at home on my own.”

“Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful and balanced curriculum. I learned valuable skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my years.”

“I really enjoyed the class, and as a long time recipe follower, I have more confidence in just trying things. It was very fun.”