Making cooking with kids approachable and enjoyable for everyone.
With over 20 years of experience teaching kids as well as my journey with our own son, I've learned a thing or two about how little ones operate. I've taken that knowledge, boiled it down and created our Recipe For Success, the framework around which all our instruction operates.
Anyone who has ever tried to convince a child to eat something "good for them" knows it can be quite the undertaking. We've devised our Recipe for Success to be used as a guide on the (often bumpy) road to mindful eating and kitchen independence.
The Recipe for Success is built on the Four E's: Entertain, Expose, Educate and Explore.
While each layer is important, the order in which we implement them is key. Each layer is built on the strength of the previous layer.
ENTERTAIN: First and foremost, cooking should be fun! We know that creating positive experiences around food and cooking is the first step in kitchen independence and adventurous eating.
EXPOSE: Now that we’ve shown how fun cooking is, we can gently introduce new concepts, techniques and yes, ingredients!
EDUCATE: Here is where we learn the whys and hows. Why do we distinguish dry and wet ingredients? Why is it important to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in my dishes and how can we do it?
EXPLORE: We’ve reached the final step! We’ve discovered how fun cooking can be. We’ve experimented with new ingredients and foods. We’ve learned some whys and hows. Now we can take what we’ve learned and explore! Create new dishes, experiment with ingredients, tinker with techniques and have FUN!
To illustrate: A child takes a cooking class where they will be using broccoli. The instructor begins by explaining how broccoli has a lot of vitamin C which is good for their skin and keeps them healthy. Educational, yes. But is this intrinsically motivating for the child? No. The chances of the child wanting to try the recipe, or retaining the nutritional information is low because the basic layer (entertain) has not been met.
We hope you find our Recipe for Success helpful in your own kitchen and are excited for your child to experience our approach first-hand in one of our dynamic classes. Happy Cooking!