About us


Senior Chef is an 8 week cooking class for people aged 60 and over who want to improve their cooking skills, confidence, or motivation around cooking for one or two people.

These classes are 3 hours long, and run once a week during the daytime.  There are usually 10-12 people in a class.  Each weekly class includes:

  • Nutrition education, for example, eating well for older people, menu planning, budgeting, shopping tips.
  • Preparing and cooking a meal in pairs.
  • Sharing the meal with the group.

Classes are held in various locations around Christchurch and Canterbury.

Senior Chef is free to attend. Everything, including the ingredients for the cooking class and recipe book are provided.

To attend you must be referred. See Enrol for more information. 


Watch these videos about Senior Chef:

Recipe Book

Recipe-Book-CoverThis recipe book is ideal for older people cooking for one or two people. The recipes use readily available ingredients and are quick and easy to prepare as well as nutritious and delicious. Order one today.


Senior Chef is suitable for men and women who:

> Are over 60 years of age (or over 55 and affected by age-related diseases)

> Live alone or with one other person

> Want to improve cooking skills, confidence or motivation around cooking

Contact your GP, Practice Nurse or other health professional. They will refer you to the course co-ordinator who will contact you to enrol you in a course.

Enrolment available here for health professionals and community support services only.