On these culinary journeys, kids discover more than the simple art of cooking – they learn an appreciation for where our food comes from and an understanding of its diversity from culture to culture.
Holidays with the family present a perfect occasion to break young ones into the world of cuisine.
Kids tend to require a little nudge when it comes to trying new things, food especially, but give them a spread of tempting ingredients and their own chef hat, and most soon succumb.
BY THE SEA Ocean House Resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, in the United States, hosts culinary classes for children as part of their SandCastles program.
On a special Health Day, kids are invited to join Food Forager and Director of Culinary Education, Chef Paul McComiskey in the herb garden, touching, smelling and picking fresh herbs. In the kitchen they’ll learn first-hand how to use their day’s harvest and to create smoothies, organic homemade pizzas and mom-approved cookies.
“A child’s capacity for love is boundless. If we instil that passion toward great, healthy food, the child’s life will be better for it.”
“A child’s capacity for love is boundless. If we instil that passion toward great, healthy food, the child’s life will be better for it,” Paul says. “By finding that direct connection of seeing, touching, and knowing where your food is grown, and meeting the person who nurtured it into being, you discover that food not only feeds the body but fuels the soul.”
IN THE MOUNTAINS Further south, in Northern Argentina’s Lerma Valley, in the foothills of the Andes is the House of Jasmines Estancia de Charme, in the city of Salta.
Here kids are invited to join their special Kid’s Paradise program which, along with fruit and vegetable picking in the orchard, includes cooking classes for children. This cultural culinary experience gives curious little ones an authentic taste of Argentina.