The annual Kids Cooking Camp is this week sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office. The five-day event is being held at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center.
Ag Agent Fallon Foster is coordinating the educational camp which teaches grade school students how to prepare a variety of healthy meals. Foster shared that on Monday the first day of the camp the kids were learning to cook Cajun food like chicken and sausage gumbo, Cajun meatballs, Creole turkey lasagna, and all kinds of good stuff.
Each of the first three days the kids will cook eight different recipes from various types of meals in preparation for the Food Challenge on Thursday. Foster explains 15 teams with four kids per team will be given a list of ingredients and will be expected to prepare, cook, and then present a meal for the judges. The winning team will be announced during a banquet for the kids and their parents on Friday at 12:30 PM.
Foster said the Kids Cooking Camp teaches the students a number of life skill attributes. “Just knowing how to be at home, how to cook, get back to the basics knowing some of those things your great grandmother used to teach you. Learning how to make good healthy recipes, they are also learning about nutrition, about food safety, and they’re learning about 4-H,” Foster concluded.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-