VIDEO: Italian food helps Brits excel

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Paola Pasino, from Turin, taught students in Glasgow. Photo: Geoff Caddick/PA
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A troupe of Italians has spent the autumn teaching British students cookery skills, after research found that more than half don't even know how to cook vegetables.

Five Italian women living in the UK started the classes, organized by food company Sacla at five universities in the UK, at the beginning of the academic year in a bid to share their skills.

With 57 percent of British students surveyed saying they couldn’t cook vegetables, the Italian influence could save them from malnutrition and in turn help them improve their academic performance.

“It is very important for students to learn how to cook, because they have to be well-fed in order to excel at university and they need to be able to concentrate,” said Paolo Pasino, a Torinese who is leading the cookery class at Glasgow University.

She said she wasn’t surprised by the research, which also found that 78 percent of students could not boil an egg.

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“The research didn’t shock me because I can see that most students just go to the supermarket and buy ready-made meals thinking they are saving time and money. But they are actually wrong,” Pasino said.

In addition to teaching the students how to cook, Pasino also runs the TwoMamas recipe website and classes in pasta- and bread-making.

Watch a video of one of the classes:

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