Monday the LSU AgCenter Vernon Parish Extension Office hosted their first Kid Chef Workshop.

Children from both Vernon and Beauregard parish attended the one-day Mexican cuisine inspired workshop.

Aneisha Andrus, Area Nutrition Agent said, “Participants learned how to prepare a variety of healthy Mexican dishes such as Guacamole in a Bag, Mexican Chicken Soup (Pressure Cooker), Colorful Quesadillas, and Fruit Kabobs with Churro Cheesecake Dip. My goal is to not only teach area youth basic cooking skills but expand their knowledge of different foods and cuisines from around the world.”

The Kid Chef workshop is designed to teach area youth basic cooking principals, nutrition education based on “MyPlate”, knife skills, kitchen and food safety, and team building.

“The event was hosted not only teach basic cooking skills but to promote the lifetime skill of healthy cooking starting at a young age,” Andrus said. “In Louisiana, 34 percent of children between ages 10 to 17 are considered either overweight or obese, according to information released by the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health in 2016. Providing cooking classes to area youth can help reduce obesity numbers as well as provide nutrition education on topics such as choosing healthier snack options.”
Andrus considered the event a success and saw great results from her participants. “The Kid Chef workshop was a huge hit among participants,” Andrus said. “One rule that I established is that participants have to try everything that they prepare at least once.”

“I was extremely excited that all the kids loved everything on the menu including the guacamole,” she continued, “they even requested to bring some home to share with their families. I am definitely looking forward to hosting more cooking classes in the future.”
The AgCenter plans to host a series of Kid Chef Workshop’s starting next spring.

For more information on the upcoming workshop please visit their Facebook Page at LSU AgCenter – Vernon/Beauregard Get Healthy.