Empower to Cook CIC is a social enterprise based in Buckinghamshire. We provide cookery classes, food education and consultancy to children, community groups, families and corporates. Empower to Cook CIC was founded in 2014 by Michael Brown a trained and experienced chef and qualified teacher with a breadth of expertise working with and educating people about food. 

Michael identified a local need to champion better food education in the community.  He is an advocate for teaching about food from an early age and is passionate about working with children, young people and families to raise self-esteem, confidence and basic life skills using food as a tool. Empower to Cook classes ensure people learn by doing rather than by watching, using seasonal ingredients that are inexpensive and may be easily bought or grown. We use surplus food where possible, tapping into the growing network of food waste suppliers.


The Team

                  Michael brown, founding director           

                 Michael brown, founding director       

From left to right, Philippa Hatch, Sheila Bees and Heidi James. 

Our team of volunteers help out with strategy, finance, marketing and projects.