DOBSON — Teens who would like to express their creativity through cuisine or just learn how to rustle up some good grub may do so at the upcoming Chef and Child program.
Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Carmen Long said the event returns this year with Chef Rob Creel. The effort is sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and the Extension Service. It is slated to be held Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the deadline for signing up is Monday.
Long explained children 12 and older typically are given more responsibilities around the home and learning cooking skills could help them help their families even more. She said she was excited to have Creel, a 10-year veteran of the program, return to prove cooking is not just something for girls by being a role model for boys interested in learning their way around a kitchen. Participation in the program is free of charge and all food and materials are provided.
Long said each day the children’s projects will become their lunches. Long explained the effort originally began as an outdoor cooking class. Weather forecasts for the upcoming week caused organizers to stage the upcoming classes in the Extension Center in Dobson.
She encouraged participants to register by calling 401-8025 so planners will know how much food and supplies to purchase for the students. She said a variety of recipes will be provided including meals for breakfast, snacks and main courses.
“Everything they will learn to prepare is fairly easy, quick and inexpensive,” Long said. “This class is like others in our Summer Explosion series, it is a favorite we are bringing back this year. The response has been great with our sewing classes already full with a waiting list. Our goal with this class is to make it available to anybody. This is a wonderful opportunity for participants. Culinary arts is a field that will always be here. It won’t move out of the country. There is always a demand locally.”
She pointed out Creel also teaches culinary arts at Guilford Technical Community College so he knows how to advise participants interested in pursuing a career in the field on how to make the transition from high school to making their interest a career.
Summer Explosion is a program for youth in grades kindergarten through 12th. Each class is designed to be fun, educational, and a hands-on learning experience. Registration forms may be obtained online by visiting: surry.ces.ncsu.edu and clicking on the link on the left side of the page called “Youth & 4-H.” Persons also may call 401-8025 and request a registration form.
Events next week include “A Day on the Farm” on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will meet at the Extension Center. It is for children ages 9 to 12 and the cost is $10 with a class limit of 12. Participants will spend time at local farms learning about animals and their habitats. Participants are encouraged to wear shows they don’t mind getting diry.
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