Since REHIS introduced temporary regulations last March allowing courses to be delivered virtually many REHIS Approved Training Centres have risen to the challenge and offered virtual training via platforms such as Zoom and MS Teams. Many course presenters have done a fantastic job of adapting their training methods and course materials and made the transition to remote learning for many REHIS courses.

Delivering courses virtually is certainly not without its challenges, even more so for a practical course such as Elementary Cooking Skills. As well as the technical details, there are some additional factors to consider for a virtual cooking session, such as participant access to equipment, facilities and ingredients and how best demonstrate and assess preparation and cooking skills and techniques.

Yet, despite all these challenges, REHIS is delighted to see that some of our Cooking Skills presenters have been able to run virtual cooking sessions so that participants are able to learn valuable cooking skills through making a variety of dishes in their own homes. These have proved to be a success – participants are still able to interact and chat with other group members as well as tasting and evaluating their finished dishes. Our Cooking Skills course presenters have shown that with careful planning and lots of enthusiasm it is possible to adapt and deliver quality practical training remotely.