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Chefs and kindy kids team up to turn out gourmet fare
Harvesting herbs, and making pasta from scratch – children at Kidsfirst Richmond were treated to the ultimate cooking experience when two local chefs came to visit.
Chefs Dan and Amelia from No 4 Restaurant in Merivale guided the group in a hands-on morning in the kitchen, starting with a chat about the importance of hygiene when dealing with food.
The children then harvested herbs from the kindergarten’s edible garden, before making their own pasta with eggs fresh from one of the parent’s hens.
The chefs helped the children work the dough through a pasta machine to transform it into spaghetti – coloured to their liking. The children then lent a hand to make a Napoli sauce, before serving the sauce on their pink, black, green or yellow pasta – some interesting looking dishes were created!
And many a new word popped into the children’s vocabulary in the process – with parents no doubt being instructed on how to cook pasta at home “al dente”, before “reducing” the sauce, then smattering with “parmesan”.
Head Teacher Su Blacklock said the visit was just one of the ways the kindergarten connects with groups and people within the community.
“The children had the opportunity to work alongside Dan and Amelia, and learn about the role of a chef and how they work together in a kitchen.
“It was great to see the children not only learning new food preparation and cooking skills, but also trying ingredients and dishes they might not have even heard of before. Many children only know pasta that comes from a packet, so it was a great introduction to fresh foods, most bowls were clean at the end!”
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
Two Merivale Chefs gave the kids at Kidsfirst Richmond the ultimate cooking experience recently.
Using the kindergarten's garden, and fresh egg's from a parent's hen, the group made gourmet pasta and learnt a few more things in process.
THE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Cooking is not just something our kindergartens do for fun. It is a very valuable teaching and learning experience.
Any activity such as this provides the opportunity to look at several different aspects that can help a child's overall development.
There's the opportunity to take any interest or participation into other areas (such as where the ingredients come from, the science or dietary considerations). This can lead onto other educational opportunities.
There's a definite social aspect that involves sharing, co-operation and working together to achieve something. Plus the confidence that can often result from a sense of achievement. This can lead into a feeling of community and involvement.
Then there are the physical skills that develop with supervised activity.
Numeracy is another. When you need to measure it helps your skills in this area. How many eggs? Is that the right amount?
These are a few of the many different aspects that come out of what can seem like a simple task...
ABOVE: The children of Kidsfirst Richmond becoming junior chefs.