How Can Cooking Be Used As a Method to Better Improve One’s Lifestyle?




What you need to know

According to Lodging, in 2018 71 million youths were unemployed worldwide. Daniella Foster, senior director at Hilton believes that hospitality training “can add 86 million jobs to the economy in less than a decade.” This was said knowing the results from a global youth happiness index that was created in 2014, to help world leaders understand what factors foster the wellbeing of today’s youth.

Call to action

What has been done?

KOTO which stands for Know One Teach One, is a a non profit social enterprise that empowers at risk and disadvantaged youths in Vietnam through its hospitality training program. It also a restaurant with amazing food and you can see the trainees working there. I did an interview with Melanie Seidel, the senior executive to get a better understanding of how KOTO has helped brighten these youths futures. The full audio interview can be found on this link.

In this diagram taken from the KOTO meet our alumni page, the alumnis can be found in 12 different counties working or studying, 20 have received scholarships for education abroad and 40 of them already own businesses.

What can we do?
Support the small local businesses

Photo by Alex Ware on Unsplash

Many of the people working street vendors, pho shops or cafes, which are found everywhere, are using that income to support their families to the best of their abilities. Because these are purposefully set in the tourist destinations of Hanoi, it allows workers to not only support their families but grow their business too.





New perspectives 

To get a new perspective on this topic I did an interview with my mum to find out how cooking has improved her lifestyle. Link to written interview.

















Did you find this topic interesting? Do you feel like knowing how to cook has improved your lifestyle even in the smallest way? Please let me know in the comments.













“KOTO Team.” Koto,

Meyer, Ellen, and Ellen Meyerhttps. “Hospitality Training Gives Youth Tools to Advance Careers and Improve Lives.” LODGING Magazine, 5 Oct. 2018, 






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  1. April 24, 2020 by Glenda Baker

    Hi Nothando,

    I really appreciated your video and the topic you have explored. Yes, cooking is a fabulous way to improve life. I love to cook—and eat! I find cooking a really creative outlet and from start to finish I enjoy it. Thanks so much for sharing your project. 🙏

    • April 26, 2020 by Nothando

      Thank you!

  2. April 25, 2020 by Lucy Karem

    Hi Nothando,
    I saw your beautiful question and was interested right away. I loved reading your work and seeing the images you chose! I think cooking is a great way to improve your life style. Not only is cooking something to explore and challenge yourself with, but it is also a great way to bring people together. Great work!

  3. April 25, 2020 by John Alan A.

    I think it is really crazy that 71 million youth was unemployed in 2018.

    • April 26, 2020 by Nothando

      I know, I was shocked by that too

  4. April 25, 2020 by Lizzy

    Hi Nothando- I love your presentation, I really liked reading your interview with your mom & I think that the photos you took were beautifully composed. Personally, I enjoy cooking a lot and I have found it to be a very helpful way to deal with stress as well as connect with my family members! -Lizzy

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