Friday, February 15, 2013

Inspire Your Older Kids to Become Foodies




We are always looking for fun and out of the box ideas to encourage and inspire kids to try new foods. Here's our latest- watch family friendly cooking competition shows with your older kids and recreate those challenges in your kitchen. We are big fans of shows such as Top Chef, Chopped and Iron Chef which showcase a variety of foods and cooking techniques.  You will not only be exposing your kids to food which they have never seen (piquing their interests) but also to new cuisines and interesting people.

Top Chef challenge idea- Have a quick-fire!  Give your kids 30 min and a specific set of instructions.  For example, 30 minutes to make breakfast for dinner using eggs!

Chopped challenge idea- Put together the infamous Chopped mystery basket including 4 or 5 ingredients and give your kids 30 minutes to put something together using ALL the components in the basket.

Iron Chef idea- Pick a secret ingredient, give your kids a time limit and let them come up with something spectacular!

If you have more than one child, have them work as a team. You and your spouse can stand back and watch without interfering (on safety patrol), or get involved and team up with your kiddos!  No matter what your kids make, give them lots of praise and remind them that it's just for fun and to not get frustrated if it doesn't work out. Even the best chefs get flustered and make mistakes!  Take plenty of pictures and let us know how it goes. We'd love to hear from you.

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