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Young Chefs® Academy presents National Kids Take Over the Kitchen™ (September 13th ) for the 8th year in a row!


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Join Kids and Teens across the globe on September 13th and take over your kitchen!


For the 8th year in a row, Young Chefs® Academy has been empowering Young Chefs across the nation to take over their kitchens!   This year, we hope to see even more kids, teens and families cooking together in their kitchen on September 13th and beyond! 

 

Beginning Thursday, September 13th, we will be posting a new recipe each month (2nd Friday of the month) along with a skill focus, tips and tricks!  We task every young chef across the globe to join us for the months that follow to take over their kitchen and master the skills along the way!  Each month will build upon each other as we work towards setting them free and let the creative juices flow as we near National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day 2019!! 

 

Be sure to stay tuned as we have some exciting things planned beginning with this year's Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day and building into even more exciting plans throughout the next 12 months!

 

To get started, scroll down to this month's skill where you will find practice recipes, tips, tricks and more!

 

SHARE YOUR CULINARY CREATION FOR #KIDSTAKEOVERTHEKITCHENDAY!

Whether you use the recipes provided or strike out on your own, be sure to share your culinary creations on our Facebook page or Instagram using the hashtag #KidsTakeOverTheKitchenDay and show your support for bringing families back to the kitchen!



But remember...safety first!  If you're fairly new and have not had the culinary and safety instruction necessary, be sure to have an adult present to be your "Sous Chef" for the day!

 

Are you ready to take over your kitchen and create lasting memories to last a lifetime?

 





This Month's Skill Focus is........Whisking, Folding & Blending!

 

 

Your recipe calls for folding an ingredient…but what does that truly mean?  Can you whisk instead of blend?  What does all of this truly mean and how important is it to follow the right method? 

 

This month, we’re going to explore three different, but important, techniques….whisking, folding and blending….and then putting that into practice with some holiday treats!

 

With that said…first-things-first!  Have an adult with you to supervise. 

 

Let's explore these three different types of techniques in the "Tip" section below:

 

HOLIDAY WAFFLES

(Red Velvet Waffles & Cream Cheese Glaze)

 

SNOWMAN CUPCAKES WITH MARSHMALLOW CREAM


 


 


 


 

Tip 1:  Whisking

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A recipe may call for whisking, which incorporates air into the mixture and can also be used to blend ingredients.   

It’s all in the wrist!  Using your wrist, make circles.  Don’t use your whole arm!  Why do we whisk?  Whisking helps you mix ingredients into a smooth mixture, or add air to make an ingredient “fluffy,” which is called “whipping.” 


 

Tip 2:  Folding

 

Folding is a technique which allows you to gently incorporate ingredients that have already been whipped or require less mixing.  For example, many cookie recipes will have you “fold” in the chocolate chips or other additives to the final batter.

How to Fold:

  • Scoop the ingredient(s) onto the spoon
  • Carefully turn your wrist over and let the ingredients fall back into the bowl.
  • Repeat until mixed!
  • We use the folding skill to disturb the whipped ingredients as little as possible, so that it keeps its fluffiness.

 

Tip 3:  Blending

 

 

When a recipe says to blend ingredients, most times you will see that you are going to use a bowl to mix all of the wet ingredients, and another bowl with dry ingredients.  From there, you slowly BLEND the dry ingredients into the wet.  But watch carefully for instructions that say either “blend until just incorporated” or it could say “stir until blended well.” 

 


 


 

Check out the skill focus and recipes below from the previous months!


 

Month 1 ~ Measuring Common Ingredients

 

HONEY ALMOND BUTTER COOKIE

 

CHOCOLATE CHERRY PANCAKES

 

CHERRY SYRUP

 

BONUS Recipe from our JuniorChef's class:


Meatball Fricassee 

Month 2 ~ Working with Eggs

 

Month 3 - Knife Skills & Safety

 

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

 

APPLE PEAR CRISP

 

BONUS Recipe from our JuniorChef's class:

 

ROOT MASH WITH BRAISED SHALLOTS


 

About National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day™

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Why is this initiative so important to us? 

 

Decline over the years of families sharing meals together which can increase the likelihood of teen drug/alcohol abuse, poor grades and more.

An unhealthy relationship with food due to factors such as portion control and high fat/calorie content from pre-packaged or fast foods leading to more serious issues such as childhood obesity and health related issues.

 

What can Young Chefs Academy do to make a difference?

 

As THE premiere cooking school for kids, Young Chefs Academy provides the perfect platform to bring families back to the kitchen.  By harnessing the impact & opportunities available to us, we will empower kids and teens across the globe to play a more active role in the planning, preparation and cooking process.

 

Our Vision:

 

Young Chefs ® Academy's mission is to teach the joy and value of cooking to children and teens across the globe.  The vision behind the mission of the "Kids Take Over the Kitchen" campaign is to see kids and teens take their newfound cooking skills as a ticket to independence and self sufficiency as they grow into adults.  By empowering kids with these skills, they can:

 

  • Take part in increasing the likelihood of families sharing more meals together;
  • Learn to use fresh, sustainable ingredients while expanding their food palate;
  • Be among those who want to play an integral role in decreasing childhood obesity and other health-related issues by choosing more home-cooked meals as opposed to high calorie/high fat menus found at fast food establishments;
  • Use these skills to become more independent, self sufficient, and confident human beings;
  • Develop skills that will last a lifetime whether it's for personal reasons or to pursue a professional trade.

The Results:

 

  • Developing a stronger family unit while empowering kids to break the cycle of today's fast food society,
  • Promote a healthier relationship with food,
  • Bring in a larger variety of natural ingredients to aid in expanding food palates and healthier menu alternatives through ownership.
  • Encourages individuality, responsibility, teamwork and self-confidence
  • Brings families together by creating the opportunity for families to grow closer, and as studies show, thereby increasing the probability of better grades, responsible social choices, avoidance of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Decrease in childhood obesity and other health related issues by encouraging home-cooked meals as opposed to regular diet of high calorie/high fat found at fast food establishments.


Kids and teens CAN make a difference!


 


Working with "younger chefs"

 

Need a little recipe inspiration for your younger chefs?  Try some of the recipes from our "What's For Dinner" recipe box below to help get them more involved in the cooking process!  There's lots of activities they can do to lend a hand, such as:
 
  • Help gather ingredients
  • Washing and drying fruits and veggies
  • Learning basic skills such as:  how to crack an egg, measuring wet & dry ingredients, rolling/kneading dough, mixing/whisking/folding ingredients,...
  • Being involved in the planning process for the weekly meals
  • Visiting the local farmer's market and trying fresh, local ingredients
  • Learning kitchen safety practices

Once your youngest chefs have mastered some of the basics, begin introducing them to some more advance skills and practices (with adult supervision, of course!), such as:

  • Knife safety
  • Stovetop and oven safety
  • Using more advanced kitchen appliances
  • Playing a more active role in the planning of meal and preparation

From there, children can really start to tackle more advanced skills and techniques like those we'll be learning this month!