Spectrum Cooking Program

This is part of our Health Hub resources series

The following resources come from a series of cooking classes that were held at Putia Kitchen and Cooking School, Brisbane. Ms Dominique Rizzo, Executive Chef at Putia Kitchen and Cooking School led the classes.

The cooking program consisted of two blocks of three cooking classes with a maximum of six young adults participating in each block of classes. Each class was attended by two co-facilitators who provided instructional assistance to participants if they had any questions or needed modelling of techniques or skills. During classes, participants were encouraged to work together to prepare and cook the food.

Participants completed a questionnaire developed by Ms Rizzo to gather information about the group’s food likes and dislikes as well as their prior experience with cooking. Ms Rizzo designed each class and the accompanying recipes around the three main meals of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cooking class
Spectrum Cooking Program cooking class

Watch an overview of a Spectrum Cooking Program class in action.

Recipe book
Spectrum Cooking Program recipe book

Download the cooking terms and recipe book.



The overall objective of the Spectrum Cooking Program was to provide participants with the opportunity to have pleasurable experiences with food, cooking and eating. Other objectives of the cooking program included:

  • to practice cooking including following recipes and developing particular skills (e.g. kneading dough)
  • to provide opportunities to try new foods
  • to provide opportunities for socialising and team work