The Sapere Method

Sapere was born from the conviction that taste education promotes health.
We believe that educating young children to the knowledge and pleasure of food which is varied and balanced ensures them a solid and long-lasting base for proper eating.
For this reason, Sapere has chosen to work within the school context.
Our goal is to train preschool and primary school teachers in an original educational method.




The first “taste education” classes were organized in France. Since their creation, over 100,000 children have participated in this learning experience in French schools. These classes are taught in primary schools by the teachers themselves, essentially to seven- to ten-year-old children.


Since 2003, the Sapere method has been used in Switzerland, starting with a pilot program in the Valais canton: for more than five years, Senso5 has developed food education by integrating it within the teaching of other school subjects. The program, which is designed for children from four to twelve, is currently being implemented in other cantons. Four hundred teachers have now been trained.


Since 2006, the Health Department of the Center of Finland has adapted the Sapere method for children from one to seven. Deployment was later undertaken at the national level: in 2013, 43 cities and over 250 preschool centers will implement it. Since 2009, over 7,000 childcare professionals and food service staff members have been trained in the method.


Since 2006, taste education for primary school children has been the goal of the “Smaakklessen” program inspired by the Sapere method. Implemented in 2,800 schools, it targets children from four to twelve. Since 2012, childcare centers associated to schools also benefit from activities related to taste and food.


The Sapere method has been used for nearly twenty years in Sweden, in particular by the Faculty of Culinary Arts of the University of Örebro, which trains primary school teachers. The results of this program are being studied by research workers at the University of Kristianstad. Widely used in primary schools, the method is currently being adapted to preschools. In 2010, it was also the focus of a pilot program for the disabled in the city of Katrineholm.