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Cooked history

This course is about finding your Cooked history. What does it mean and why does it matter to see your own history through the lens of food? Whether you’re a chef or a storyteller, do this professionally or personally; you will be introduced to a new level of expressing stories through food. We promise you: after this course a carrot is no longer ‘just a carrot’.

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Why take this course?

This course is for you if the idea of connecting food to storytelling somehow fascinates you. Whether you’re a chef or a storyteller, do this professionally or personally; this course will introduce you to a new level of expressing stories through food.

Step by step you will learn what we mean with Cooked history, why it matters, to see your own history through the lens of food, to share your own Cooked history, and last but not least to create your first Cooked history experience.

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Meet the experts

We created this course with Ira and Ayra Kip of Kip Republic. These twin sisters are storytellers, writers, food lovers and creative producers. In order to do what they do best – tell stories creatively – they launched Kip Republic in May 2018. In 2020 Ira and Ayra organised ‘Free Heri Heri For All’, an initiative intended to make the commemoration and celebration of the abolishment of the transatlantic slave trade (July 1st 1863) more inclusive. The success of Free Heri Heri signaled the need for a broader platform that documents and shares the history and legacy of Dutch food culture, with close attention to colonialism and migration. Kip Republic responded to that with a new service: Cooked history was born and serves as an archive of stories that preserve this history and its future.

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Meet your trainer

Lelani Lewis is your guide for this course. Lelani will take you through this course from A to Z. As initiator of Code Noir, she organizes interactive pop-up dinners exploring the culinary history of the Caribbean. Therefore, she knows how to tell, share and develop Cooked Histories like no other.
Lelani is also founder of Whisk Food Studio, and busy writing a cookbook. Lelani: “The more you try, the more you fail, the more you know which way you need to go.”

What will you learn?

Course curriculum

1.1 Hi there (video)!

2.1 Introduction video

2.2 Course workbook

3.1 Video with experts Ira and Ayra Kip

4.1 Serving food with your message

4.2 Cook Heri Heri

5.1 How food shapes our lives

5.2 How did food shape your life?

5.3 Sharing food memories

5.4 Discover your wider food history

6.1 Curiosity and magic

6.2 Message + food memory + history = cooked history!

7.1 The thing that unites food and stories: sharing.

7.2 Momentum

8.1 Wrap up

8.2 Curated sources

8.3 Credits

8.4 We love to hear from you

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What is included?

  • 9 instruction videos (including subtitles and full transcripts)
  • Video portrait of Ira and Ayra Kip, the Cooked history experts
  • Your personal workbook
  • Example casestudy
  • Carefully curated sources for additional learning
  • Unlimited access (including future course updates)
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You need a digital device, internet and an idea. That’s the beauty of it: you can take the course in the comfort of your own home, in your own time. We do recommend that you print the workbook (which is sustainably designed so that it won’t take too much ink).

This course is based on self-paced learning. You can take as little or as much time as you want. However, we suggest you to divide the course workload into 3-5 separate moments.

After you receive your course login, you can start any time you want.

If you come across any technical difficulties or have other questions, feel free to reach out to We will try to help you as soon as possible.

Make sure to check out our FAQ page, you may find the answer to your question there.