About a month ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity to become the culinary coordinator for a chef internship for teens at a private school in the city. They are all levels of high school, and are all voluntarily a part of the internship based on their desire to learn to cook, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.
This is a phenomenal school they attend; the school specializes in accommodating the learning styles of students who are brilliant, but who also face challenges in the classroom due to learning disabilities. An internship makes these teens more skilled and more well-rounded as they get ready to enter the work force and pursue higher education.
If you follow my Facebook fan page, you may have seen pictures of food taken in a big, stainless steel, industrial style kitchen from time to time. That’s when I’m working.
Now, to accommodate what I do with TDH, my full time engineering job and this– I have to be up between 4:45am and 5:15am most days. And I’ll tell you– it’s all SO worth it! It makes me appreciate my time even more and also forces me to be more organized about meal prepping, personal time, sleep, etc.
For the most part, I create recipes for them or pull recipes from this blog or my book, The Divine Hostess: A Guide to Cooking, Hosting, and Healthy Living. My students who claimed to be picky eaters now can boast of trying a myriad of colorful fruits and veggies, green smoothies, vegan and gluten-free baked goods, and fusion dishes.
We’ve made raw tacos using large collard leaves and ground walnuts as meat.
The students also enjoyed a lesson on how to supreme citrus fruit and then used those to make a delicious arugula salad with lemony vinaigrette, citrus, and fresh herbs.
Most recently, the students used my chana masala tacos recipe and then had fun arranging these tacos with cilantro, colorful cabbage, and spices.
I cannot express enough how fortunate I am to have this opportunity to share my passion with young people! I think I am learning as much as they are. Stay tuned for more updates!