In a public library version of “Iron Chef”, young chefs learn math in the kitchen and had a good time following directions and creating delicious dishes.
At the Decatur Public Library nine children and teens created delicacies such as chocolate, tortillas, and pudding with a secret ingredient of green apples for judges to enjoy. “Mama would be so proud. We’re coming up with dishes by the millisecond,” said 10-year-old Vaelyn Hilton. She worked with her older brother Jayden, as he wrapped a fruit roll-up around a Rice Krispie Treat.
Television is fueling an interest that kids and teens have in cooking. They want to become the next Food Network star. But the results go beyond entertainment.
Kids benefit academically through kitchen activities. They practice measurement, creativity, and follow directions. They develop a strong connection to their heritage.
“We cook all the time at home. We are always helping out in the kitchen,” said 18-year-old Isabella Valviviezo. “I hope the next time I visit my grandmother, she will teach us how to make tortillas from scratch.”