Where can kids take cooking classes in Evansville?

EVANSVILLE – Meals just hit different when you cook them yourself.

“I don’t know about celery, ’cause I never tried it, but I feel like I don’t like it,” said Nate Garrett, 9. “But then I tried it in the chicken noodle soup we made and it tastes different in soup.”

Getting your kids to cook is important in terms of healthy nutrition today and valuable skills for the future – and many kids really enjoy it.

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But where are kids learning to cook?

Not that long ago, young people had to pick it up by helping older family members or, maybe, reading a cookbook with kid-appropriate recipes.

How things have changed. Now, between television shows, internet videos, cooking blogs and kids’ cooking classes, youngsters don’t have to rely on Grandma to learn kitchen skills – although cooking with family is still important.

Young cooks are getting their starts these days by watching television shows, viewing blogs, taking cooking classes and even watching TikTok.  These four Evansville cooks are, clockwise from top left, Jasper Lehman, 12, favorite food creation – cake;  Wes Watson, 12, favorite food creations – eggs;  Nate Garrett, 9, favorite food creation –

Garrett started early. He’d tag along with his older brother to cooking classes at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and then continued on his own, taking both in-person and online Book n’ Cook classes.

He also likes watching the Great British Baking Show, looks up recipes online and finds them in magazines. He’s even completed a cooking badge for scouting.

“My favorite recipe is ‘Tini Mac,'” Garrett said. “It’s made with rotini. When we were making our first batch, my dad would tell me what to do but I was doing most of it.”

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