Wednesday was a very exciting day as the kindergartens Facetimed with Sous Chef James Avery who works along side Gordon Ramsay on the hit reality TV series Hell’s Kitchen. Chef Avery discussed kitchen safety with the children. He told children it is important for them to cook with an adult and to stay away from the hot stove. He also talked about the cooking class he teaches in his home state, at his mother’s Montessori school. Chef Avery allowed the children to ask him questions about being on the show and how he liked working in kitchens all over the world.
Lastly, Chef Avery did a live cooking lesson/science experiment with the kinders; turning heavy cream into butter. Previous to the Facetime experience, I filled up baby food jars about 1/4 full with heavy whipping cream. Chef Avery did the same. As he instructed the kinders to pick up their jars, he explained that the children are about to make butter. He discussed the physical change that was about to happen and then counted to three very slowly….1….2…3! Along with Chef Avery, the students began vigerously shaking their jars. The more they shook their jars, the more the liquid turned into butter. After about 5 minutes of shaking ( hands on the jar and the cap, just in case!) the children got to see how the heavy cream turned into butter. The children took the jars of butter home and enjoyed them with their family! We will continue to stay in touch with Chef Avery as he plans on tuning into our cooking show and offers to give other cooking lessons and lend advice! THANK YOU SO MUCH CHEF AVERY!!!!
Chef James partners with our school to promote healthy eating. He is the head Chef and owner of The Root Restaurant in Whitelake, Michigan. Chef James came and demonstrated to the kindergartners how to make homemade jam and why knowing where your ingredients come from is so important. Chef James explained kitchen safety to the kids and stressed how important communicating in the kitchen is. Chef James gave students awesome tips that they can carry with them for their cooking show such as, ” Taste while you are eating,” and to “have fun while you cook!” Chef James was wonderful with the children as they were so excited to taste the jam and bring a sample home to their families to try! He has been such an amazing go-to and gave us a great perspective of the qualities good chefs possess. Thank you Chef James!
Our class connected with producer Eric Veir to gain a different perspective of the cooking world, life as a producer. Eric sent across a strong message to the kids, encouraging them to follow their dreams. He also discussed the many roles “or hats” a producer has to wear, including managing the chefs, camera men, makeup and wardrobe people, set, props, lighting, etc. The kids were able to ask him questions about starting a cooking show and his answers got the kids excited and eager to start their own cooking show! Thank you producer Eric! We really appreciate your time!