The Kid Cooking Lesson Class was establish to promote healthy consumption in children (ages 5-12) especially who living in low income households. Numerous focus groups were conducted to gather feedback and the curriculum was adapted as necessary. Further, extensive pre- and post outcome data, including fruit & vegetable preferences and cooking skill levels, has been collected to validate the curriculum’s success. Each class includes six sessions with a different produce feature and sessions are divided into two components: a tasting activity and a cooking activity. The tasting activity introduces the children to different varieties of foods. Next, the children prepare a recipe using one of the varieties for the cooking activity. The classes are interactive and have been thoroughly tested and kid approved.
The beginner’s class (Let’s Cook! Class – Step One) teaches basic cooking skills;
whereas, the advanced class (Let’s Cook! Class – Step Two) builds on the beginner’s class and teaches advanced cooking skills. The classes can be taught according to the lesson plans, divided into two classes (tasting and cooking), or one of the components could be eliminated.