If this article is correct cookery lessons will soon be a compulsory part of the school curriculum. Children as young as 8 years old will be taught basic cooking skills and how to make a balanced meal. Those at secondary school will be taught how to cook a number of different dishes and learn a range of cooking techniques such as baking. It is hoped this will help to reduce the rise in childhood obesity and dietary related diabetes. I must admit that I am often surprised by the lack of cookery skills that some people have. Personally I like to cook, however, its not because was taught cookery at school. Most of my cookery techniques are a result of much trial and error, the disasters are often as much fun as the things that work.