By Michelle Williams
Kids Rule Cooking School will offer a new series of cooking classes for children at the Monon Community Center.
Owner Kristina McClatchie said this will be the first time she has worked with Carmel-Clay Parks & Recreation. Most of her classes have been held at Indy’s Kitchen, but she found that many people from north of Indianapolis wanted to attend.
“So many kids just love to cook. I think they like to create their own recipes, and they ask a lot of questions in that regard. It taps into that creativity of being a kid and producing something that you eat and that other people can enjoy,” McClatchie said. “I had a camp over the summer and we invited all their parents to come and eat. The kids cooked for them, and they were just so proud of themselves.”
McClatchie will teach about topics such as baking, American food, international cuisine, and snacks.
“All of the classes that I teach are geared towards whole foods. Everything is from scratch and I try to use as many whole food ingredients as I can, so that the kids can start thinking that way,” she said. “For the little ones, we try to keep it simpler. We have a class called Grow it in a Garden.”
McClatchie said that kids also pick up other valuable disciplines from the classes.
“I’ve noticed that they come in and they are all over the place a little bit,” she said. “By then end, they are organized because they realize the effort it takes to get a meal out.”
The weekend classes will be available January through March for children in age groups 4-7, 7-13 and 13-17 years old. Class fees range from $24 to $55. Register at carmelclayparks.com.