We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Julian, who you might recognize from his first year on the KAB. We're so excited he's back for year two!
Name: Julian Frederick
Age and Grade: 9 years old, 4th grade
Why I wanted to come back to the KAB for a second year: I had such a fun time last year. I loved testing out new recipes, writing articles for the blog, and giving advice to the ChopChop team to inspire kids to get in the kitchen.
Since last year I've been up to: I was invited to teach cooking classes for kids in LA… twice! The first time I taught a summer cooking class at Au Fudge Restaurant and the second time I taught a holiday cooking class at Monarch Beach Resort. It was super cool because I got a chance to do a media appearance on Good Day LA and I had a chance to meet new kids in a different city. I also gave away ChopChop magazines to all the kids and they loved them!
My favorite ChopChop recipe from last year: Zucchini pizza bites. They were awesome!
My advice for kids learning to cook: Never give up and to keep on trying. It’s okay to make a mistake because its a part of learning and everyone does it… even me. Also it's important to learn how to go with the flow. If your recipe doesn’t turn out right or you mess up somehow, you have to learn how to be okay with it and figure out how to make it better.
Something I didn’t like to eat but now I do is: Sushi. I want to learn how to make it next.
A new skill I’ve learned since last year is: How to make homemade pasta.
Cooking is important because: It’s a great way to empower leadership and independence. When you learn to cook, you develop skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life. When you go off to college you won’t have mom or dad around to cook for you. You need to learn how to take care of yourself.