South African Chefs Association
Little Cooks Club was established as a proprietorship in April 2006 in Rivonia, Johannesburg, South Africa by Christine Phillips.
Christine, a qualified Chef, studied at Christina Martin School of Food and Wine and is registered with the South African Chefs Association. Christine is a trained chef and has prepared food around the globe from London to Monte Carlo and all the way to Aspen Colorado. She owned a restaurant in Durban for two years before moving to Johannesburg. Once Christine become a mother she realised the interest her own children had in cooking and decided to establish the concept of introducing children to cooking & getting back to basics.
Little Cooks Club started as a programme to introduce children between the ages of 2 and 15 years to the basic principles of cooking and nutrition. The main aim of this is to encourage an awareness of healthy eating by having fun while learning an important life skill.
Most parents, with busy schedules, don't have the time to cook with their children at home and are even more discouraged when facing the mess that follows. Little Cooks Club allows parents the opportunity to get back-to-basics with their child, spending an hour a week having fun and being creative in the kitchen.
Many educational skills are covered in the programme:
Language skills: terminology, foods, equipment and following instructions
Tactile: the sense of touch is a very important sense to develop for little ones
Maths skills: measuring, weighing and counting
Colours, shapes, textures and art
Science: how the properties of food change
Social skills: teamwork which encourages self-esteem
Fine Motor Skills when cutting, mixing, mashing, separating, rolling and pouring.
All this happens under the guidance of the teacher and the parent/child minder.
Christine has started a series of cooking classes for parents and domestic workers focusing on healthy but simple recipes for the entire family. Her intention with these family recipes is to keep families connected through food
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