-Host a Culinary lab-
Nash Community College’s mobile culinary lab provided a unique opportunity for the kids to apply some of the things they’d learned, and see firsthand how cooking with heat changes food physically and chemically
Baskerville Elementary School
Rocky Mount, NC
The 4th graders of Baskerville Elementary ended the school year with a treat. As a reward for finishing their End-of-Grade testing week, Nash Community College’s (NCC) mobile culinary lab was invited to the campus to teach the kids how to make whole wheat berry pancakes, a healthier version of a typical pancake.
Here's the breakdown of how the day went:
Fifty 4th graders were split evenly into two classrooms.
Students in classroom 1 spent the morning cooking. They were split into teams of 5 to create their own salad dressings and to go outside to the mobile kitchen unit. In the unit, a real chef taught them how to make healthy pancakes using whole wheat flour, fresh berries, and local honey. Everyone in classroom one made their own rainbow wraps.
Meanwhile, students in classroom 2 learned about the culinary arts profession. They watched clips of cooking shows and engaged in a guided discussion and a presentation.
The two classrooms then switched activities. The day ended with a Q&A session with the chef.
As one of Down East Partnership for Children's FoodCorps site, the 4th graders of Baskerville spent the year learning about food and nutrition, cooking, and gardening for an hour each week with Rhea Singh, a FoodCorps service member. NCC’s mobile culinary lab provided a unique opportunity for the kids to apply some of the things they’d learned, and see firsthand how cooking with heat changes food physically and chemically.
Teaching kids how to cook is a basic life skill and helps kids not be dependent on frozen or fast foods. There are many ways you can do to host a free or low-cost cooking event for a day
Similar to Baskerville, connect with the culinary program at your local community college.
NC Cooperative Extension also offers a plethora of resources you can tap into – call your Family Consumer Service (FCS) Agent to discuss options
Get your community involve by reaching out to chefs in your area
Find someone who is passionate about connecting kids to healthy foods and where their food comes from
Lastly, cooking doesn’t necessarily require a kitchen. With some research, you very easily find age-appropriate recipes online that don’t require cutting, heating or baking!
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