Kids in the Kitchen cook up experience

By Nate Goldstein

On June 14-16, the LSU AgCenter will host its annual Kids in the Kitchen workshop. The three-day event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. each day. The workshop will be for all entering fourth through sixth graders in Lincoln Parish and cost $60 for each participant. 

The deadline to register for the workshop is June 1.

The LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent, Cathy Judd, said, “ The workshop is a good way to get the kids to try something new. They also get to learn basic kitchen skills for back home to support their families.” 

The workshop kicks off with Eric Brazzel, who teaches the kids proper safety in the kitchen. Brazzel works for the Ruston Fire Department and has participated in the workshop for a few years now. 

Safety in the kitchen is one of the most important things to follow while cooking. The workshop helps students practice the different types of safety they will need in the kitchen to keep them safe cooking. 

“For the workshop, we try to switch it up a little on what we cook. We do make bread, but we also make things like zucchini boats and zucchini chips. It gives the kids a chance to try something new,” Judd said. 

The workshop also emphasizes teaching the students about nutrition. Cooking this like zucchini chips or boats are much healthier options than most junk foods we have today for a snack.

Students will also receive an apron with their names on it and a cookbook binder upon finishing the workshop. 

The LSU AgCenter is still looking for volunteers to help at the workshop. For those interested, please contact the AgCenter at 318-251-5134.

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