‘Curious Chefs’ is back – with a fresh twist

We are super excited to announce we will be offering two more sessions of our popular kids cooking program. And this summer, we’ll be taking food from garden to table.

Starting June 30, the 5-week cooking class teaches healthy eating on a budget, and focuses on kitchen safety, nutritious school snacks and lunches, portion sizes, the four major food groups, and food labels.

And of course, there will be plenty of cooking and eating.

New to the program this year is gardening.

In recent years, there has been an increased rise on the importance of the role of food in health and how food is grown and processed. Improving food literacy is important and will support healthier food choices in diet and better food skills. It matters to us and we want to continue providing these programs as part of our core services.

We like the ‘from garden to table’ concept – teaching children where food comes from, and hopefully inspiring a new-found appreciation for food.

Kids will grow their greens thumbs by spending the first hour of each session learning how to plant, tend, and harvest fresh produce in the Agapè Centre’s garden, which is filled with a few hundred plants donated by Transition Cornwall + and Hoople Creek Farm. The veggies they pick will be both used in their kitchen creations, and packaged to give away in the food bank.

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A group from the Curious Chefs program cooking up some homemade chicken strips in the Agape Centre’s soup kitchen (Spring 2015)

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One of the first Curious Chefs groups having some fun prepping their meal (Summer 2014)

Chelaine Klauburg, the program facilitator who has a background in the culinary industry, is really excited to teach children about the importance of fresh foods and how rewarding it is to grow your own food.

The budding chefs will prepare an entrée and dessert at each session, with enough to spare to bring some leftovers home. Creative activities, like a weekly ‘Fear Factor’, will challenge them to try new or exotic foods, like kale, asparagus, or pomegranate.

Chelaine wants to help remove the misconception that it’s difficult to cook, and believes that kids who are comfortable in the kitchen are more likely to eat healthier food.

More than 75 young people took part in Curious Chefs during the summer of 2014. Parents of past participants have said their children are taking an active role in the kitchen, and are choosing healthier options for their lunches and school snacks.

Any youth between the ages of 7 and 16 can participate, free of charge.

The program will take place at the Agapè Centre from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on Tuesdays for ages 7-10 (June 30 to July 28) and on Thursdays for ages 11-16 (July 2 to July 30).

Registration opens on June 16. Forms will be available online and at the Agapè Centre’s reception desk (40 Fifth Street West). Sign up early. Last year the classes were completely booked within two weeks.

Since space is limited, priority will be given to those who can attend all of the sessions.

For more information contact reception: 613-938-9297 ext. 26.

Starting June 16, click here for the registration form.

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