TEENAGERS can take on the world with their culinary skills.
The latest class from the nonprofit group KidsCooks offers children the opportunity to learn how to make and serve meals.
The initiative is a response to a growing trend that has seen teens in the U.S. increasingly taking on the roles of chefs and food professionals.
KidsCooking classes are being offered in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, and now in colleges and universities as well.
“I’m proud to be part of the first-of-its-kind KidsCookings initiative,” said Kaitlyn Smith, director of the organization.
“Our mission is to connect students with the best in culinary education.
Kidscooks provides our young people with the tools to grow their culinary career and be more self-motivated and empowered in the workplace.”
The program’s aim is to create a curriculum for students to practice, refine and test their skills in a safe and supportive environment.
The goal is to give students the confidence to become professional chefs, but with the help of a mentor.
The mentor, who will serve as a teacher, will help the students learn from a variety of different cooking techniques, such as a slow cooker, rice cooker, and stoves.
“We’re teaching these kids how to think about their cooking and how to get it out of their system,” Smith said.
The organization, founded in 2016 by two teens who grew up in New York City, aims to provide culinary education in all its forms.
The program was initially founded to help students learn the skills of cooking and preparing food.
“As we’ve grown, our vision has expanded to provide a high-quality, hands-on learning experience for our youth,” Smith told ABC News.
“KidsCooking helps us provide a safe environment where kids can learn the skill of cooking, as well as share what they’ve learned with other kids in their class.”
The organization is offering workshops throughout the year for the community to help with their cooking needs.
For the current academic year, the organization has created a program called “First Class” which will be offered through summer and fall.
Smith said the class provides students with an opportunity to have a face-to-face cooking session with a teacher to practice their skills.
“Students who complete the First Class program earn a certificate for their culinary education, and also receive their certificates from their mentor,” Smith explained.
“It is a truly hands-off, one-on-one cooking class.
They learn how they can prepare their food and how their own families can make their own food, but also share their knowledge with other students.”