I’ve been following Kids Kitchen on Facebook for quite some time now because of all the healthy recipes and tips the creator, Leah Smith, shares with her readers. Leah is a registered dietitian and nutritionist in Texas and she recently contacted me about a really cool cooking program she created for kids…as well as a giveaway for one of my readers!! Kids Kitchen Chefs Club is training the next generation to cook for themselves using the revolutionary new concept of a virtual Chefs Club. Using this online classroom program, your child (or grandchild/niece/nephew!) can learn to cook like a chef from the comforts of your own home.
Leah offered to send me this product/program to try out with my own kids and, while I’m highly interested in the future, I’m not sure I have the extra time right now to work with my daughter on the training (since she only just turned six). I want to note that she is plenty old enough for the program and I know she would LOVE doing it with me…so please don’t tell her I passed up this super cool opportunity due to my own lack of extra time! I think it would especially be great for older kids who can take charge and do more on their own. I told Leah I would still love to share this program with my readers because I think it’s something many of you may be interested in (and it would make a great gift idea, too). I obviously think it’s such an important skill for kids to learn how to cook and eat healthy from an early age!
I will let Leah tell you a little more about her program…
The online virtual classroom program called Chefs Club caters to young children with a passion for cooking and developing culinary skills. We try to get kids excited about healthy foods and help them learn to prepare foods to support a healthy lifestyle.
Chefs Club teaches children (ages 5-15) essential culinary skills along with nutrition education to help build lifelong skills and habits to carry on into adulthood. In today’s busy world, it can be hard to fit in all of the extracurricular activities and after-school programs, therefore this program allows you to work at your own pace, in your own home but encourages you to finish each level by offering prizes and incentives. By the end of the experience, the child has mastered many skills and feels a great sense of accomplishment by completing the club. They are encouraged to submit a challenge recipe monthly to show the group their accomplishments and at the end of the program they are invited to a virtual chefs competition.
Chefs Club offers 10+ levels for young chefs to build and expand skills and confidence in the kitchen each month. Each chef will be sent cooking gear, utensils and a token for each level achieved. Once all of the levels have been mastered, the title of “Top Chef” will be awarded and you will be eligible to compete in Chefs Club Top Chef Competition with an awarded Trophy!
Here are some testimonials about the program:
“I didn’t think I would like the green smoothie, but I did!” -Scarlett, age 7
“He comes home from school and puts his apron back on to make more green smoothies!” -Michelle, Mom of Owen, age 10
“She keeps asking me when I am going to get her more of the levels.” -Lila, mom of Sophia, age 5
“I like Chefs Club because I’m learning to make food on my own.” -Jake, age 8
And here’s some exciting news! Leah is offering a FREE three-month membership to one of my lucky readers! ($90 value!)
To enter, simply leave a blog comment below and tell me that you’d like to be entered into the giveaway! On Friday, January 30th at noon (Eastern time), I will randomly draw a winner and will contact that person at the email address left below. (This giveaway is now CLOSED!)
UPDATE: If you would like to try this program, Leah is now offering a 40% discount off of a 1 month membership. Use the code: RealFoodMom (This discount expires 3/31/15.) You can sign up here: Chefs Club Memberships.
Congrats to D. Shah, the winner of this giveaway! Her comment/entry was picked randomly with a simple number generator based on the number of comments below. I hope her two boys love the program and learn lots of new skills in the kitchen!
If you don’t have any kids in your house (or kids of the right age), but know someone that you think might enjoy this, please share with them!! I know lots of kids that would love being in a Chefs Club and have cooking assignments like this! Three months is a lot of time to learn some new skills! And what an important life skill to be learning, right??!
If you want to see more info on their membership options right now, you can find that here: Chefs Club Memberships. I definitely hope you will check this program out!
Note: I am not being paid in any way to share this program/giveaway with you. I simply think it looks like fun and something that many of my readers might be interested in for their own kids (or grandkids/nieces/nephews/etc).