12 Cooking Lessons You Should Teach Your Kids

Katie Sweeney

Although I don’t have children, for the past two years I’ve been working as a personal chef, cooking lunch and dinners for a family with three young kids under the age of 5. As a food professional used to crafting meals for adults, I quickly had to change the way I cooked to be kid-friendly. However, this didn’t involve swapping almond-crusted salmon for frozen chicken fingers (kids eat what their parents eat, so if their dad loves Thai curry, chances are the kids will love it too, as long as it’s not that spicy!). The biggest changes I made in the kitchen revolved around the kids themselves. They wanted to be a part of the process, so I had to figure out a way to get them cooking. Thus, here are 11 lessons that I have taught the kids in the kitchen. 

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