DP1 Students at Jamie Oliver Cookery School

ICS London IBDP students went on an exciting and new trip to The Jamie Oliver Cookery School. This 2-hour lesson was led by one of Jamie Oliver’s chef, Chef Dimo.

Jamie Oliver is a well-known British chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is known for leading and hosting numerous television shows and he opened many restaurants all around the UK. In 2005, he started a campaign, “Feed Me Better”, to introduce healthy food to schools.


During this workshop, ICS London students were taught how to cook quick, easy, and healthy meals, with only 5 ingredients, in preparation for university and beyond.

Teaching teenagers basic cooking skills is extremely important to get them ready for university. As a school, our responsibility is of course to guide and support students in applying for places at universities, but also in getting them ready for the next stage of their life, as a whole. And this includes being able to live without the parents and remaining healthy.

University is stressful for the majority of people. And food comes often in the background, too busy to study. However, research has shown that students are able to learn better when they’re well nourished, and eating healthy meals has been linked to higher grades, better memory and faster information processing.











Besides making high school students independent in the kitchen for their university life, introducing them to cooking will help them get various soft skills.

Getting teenagers in the kitchen will not only teach them what is healthy nutrition, but it also helps them to boost their self-confidence, especially at an age when it can be critical. Shopping, prepping, cooking and serving a meal (or even a snack) all on their own will give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. These small achievements help them to believe in themselves. This is one of the important first steps to take on life’s challenges.

Finally, cooking teaches about giving back. Whether it’s because they are cooking with their family or friends or for guests, they’ll learn to appreciate people around them and acts of kindness.


ICS London IBDP students had a wonderful time at Jamie Oliver Cookery School. They’ve learned how to cook two super easy and super healthy and tasty meals in a professional kitchen. Chef Dimo supported them during their preparation and cooking and showed them some tricks about how to use a knife safely, how to keep organised in your kitchen, how to properly cook pasta etc…

One of the students, Yousuf, said: “The Jamie Oliver cooking class was an amazing experience, I enjoyed learning basic cooking tips, and tricks. I also really enjoyed the collaboration that took place between me and my classmates.”