BECI – the Café Lady Campus Cooking Class
Cooking with children in BECI the Café Lady Campus promotes the lifetime skill of healthy cooking starting at a young age. The students exposed themselves to healthy cooking through the help of our Japanese manager, Natsumi. This cooking class helps the youth who lack healthy cooking knowledge divert their attention from relying on packaged foods or prepared foods containing questionable nutrition value.
The children learned how to cook the famous Japanese breakfast, Oyakodon. Along with the English instructions, they also learned about the different ingredients and cooking materials. While they were waiting for the food to be completely cooked, they enjoyed playing trivia games. They played spelling bee and memory games about the recipe of the food.
Recent research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that children engaged in tactile experiences, such as handling foods, have less food neophobia (food fear) and greater acceptance of eating a variety of foods.
A kitchen is a learning lab for children that can involve all of their senses. While kneading, tossing, pouring, smelling, cutting, feeling and increasing their English vocabulary about foods, they have fun and learn without being aware of it. They also gain social skills by working together and communicating in English around the kitchen.
Cooking in schools can build positive memories that promote future healthy, enjoyable cooking elsewhere.