Luckily, worldwide, there is increased interest in cooking and nutrition. This can be, in part, attributed to a new breed of celebrity. We’re referring to the amazing number of Celebrity Chefs who have arrived on the easily accessed world stage through cooking magazines, and the now simply overwhelming number of cooking-related television shows. There are now throughout the world individual television networks that are totally dedicated to food. Obviously there has to be interest to support this phenomenon. However, this increased interest or curiosity in all aspects of food is lacking. It has not, as yet, ensured that there is adequate delivery of the necessary level of knowledge to guarantee that proper cooking techniques and appropriate ingredient selection is absolutely critical to ensure healthy dietary input.
In order to improve eating and food preparation habits in the homes there must be increased education within the community. The entire concept of Culinary Nutrition must be a “sharing process” that begins as an “educational process” as early as possible in our lives. While nutrition and health intervention programs have traditionally focused on changing knowledge, attitudes, and behavior, the addition of “hands on cooking” and “instructional demonstration” allows all three focus areas to come together.