I’m a strong supporter of local businesses and I am always happy to read about successful ventures. (
Public television has hosted cooking shows since Julia Child came on the scene. But it was the Food Network who inspired the masses to elevate their skills & knowledge in the kitchen. Since kids watch what their parents do, it’s only natural that even the under-12 set wants to grow up to be famous chefs. Or at least know how to make an omelet and frost a pretty cake.
I think it is admirable that Nancy Kopperud and Carol Burkert are helping kids learn their way around a pie dish and stock pot. What I found disturbing was a part of the article talking about how cooking is a great way to reinforce school-learned concepts such as math, reading and chemistry. “But, to the dismay of many parents, it’s also messy and time-consuming. And that may deter parents from making meal preparation a family activity.”
So basically kids’ cooking schools can find a niche because parents are impatient and lazy? You can’t tell me that even a 9 to 5 mom or dad can’t find a few minutes on a weekend showing their children how to do more in the kitchen than open an Oscar Mayer Lunchable. What’s next? A school that teaches your kids how to get dressed, brush their teeth and wash their faces? Perhaps one that teaches them how to ride a bike? (Insert the sound of a forehead slap here.)