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Monday, July 1, 2013

Budding Chefs Cooking Class at Taste Budds Cooking Studio

My ten year old son loves to help out in the kitchen.  Because I have a twelve year old daughter, I'm often guilty of stereotyping and overlooking him when I'm needing a little help with the cooking and the baking.  But that stereotyping is definitely a thing of the past!  Everest went to a cooking class at Taste Budds Cooking Studio, and I can tell you, he is a true Budding Chef!

He participated in the 7th class of a series for 8-16 year old "Budding Chefs".  The series is teaching kids about the foods of the world.  The menu for Everest's class was American... we got this! How great was it that he was able to learn to cook his favorite food: Hamburgers, fries (potato wedges), and a milk shake!  

The class started promptly at 10:30.  We arrived about 15 minutes early to allow time for parking, washing hands, and donning a chef's apron. Drop offs were welcomed, or there was a lounge for parents to sit and observe their Budding Chefs while sipping a tea or coffee.  

Everyone was excited to get started!  Everest's class just happened to be full of boys, with only one girl.  This smashed my stereotype once again!  

Chef Brendan and Gemma were in charge of teaching the class. They did a lovely job instructing the students with patience. I was thrilled to have someone else teach my son to cut properly with a knife.  I just closed my eyes and looked the other way!

It was a proud moment to see Everest's perfectly sliced potato wedges!

The Budding Chefs all had a chance to make their own hamburger patties.  

 I was happy to hear the chef teach the kids about avoiding foodborne illness, and how important washing hands was after handling raw meat.
I'm thinking making the patties may have been a favorite part for most.  If you look closely, you'll see a meatball mid-air!

Yes, that's right, the kids did all the cooking!  They cooked on the stove top, and used the oven.  I don't have a photo of it, but they helped with wiping and washing up all the cooking supplies too.  

Everest enjoyed using the blender to mix up the Banana Milkshakes!  

Chef Brendan instructed the kids on the importance of making your meal look amazing on the plate.

Everest may not have mastered the art of plating, but by this time he had worked up quite an appetite.  I have to admit, the aromas in the studio were amazing, and I was hoping he planned to share!

At the end of the class, the kids sat down together and shared their meal.  They all ate every bit!  I did manage to scavenge a couple of bites of burger and potato wedges, and it was gourmet!

The next Budding Chefs Class is 27 July, and the country is England!  The menu is Cornish Pasties and Apple Ambers.  Click here for more information.

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