The Kids Cook Monday (KCM) loves that as ChopChop Family aims to inspire families to cook and real food together, families also learn about their culinary roots in the process. Introducing children to foods from their parents’ culture leads to an appreciation of their culinary heritage. Below KCM shares the story about how two American-born, pizza-loving brothers with Indian parents are beginning to embrace their culinary heritage by cooking as a family. Despite their hectic schedules, Anita Raja, a professor, and Cephas Swamidoss, an anesthesiologist, make sure they set aside time to cook with their sons: Luke, who is eight years old and Andrew, who is five. Over weekends and holidays, you can often find the family shopping for ingredients to cook Southern Indian dishes, many of which are inspired by foods Anita and Cephas ate while growing up.
These days, with the prevalence and popularity of cooking shows on TV, you’d think we’d all be experts on cooking and preparing meals. This is far from true, and while it’s not necessary for kids and parents to be expert chefs, basic culinary literacy can be extremely beneficial to families. If you follow ChopChop Family, as we at Kids Cook Monday do, you know the positive impact cooking can have on children and families.
How do you get kids cooking enthusiastically? First introduce them to the concept, then invite them to the kitchen, warmly welcome their participation and encourage fun in learning. This is the approach of ChopChop – one that inspires our initiative, The Kids Cook Monday.