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13 Responses to Raising Little Chefs

  1. Tat  

    Your wife is so lucky, I’d love to have a chef at home! And your kids look like they are really enjoying cooking with you. It is absolutely true that if the kids ‘cook’ the food themselves they are more likely to at least give it a try later.

  2. Dionna  

    I completely admire the fact that you took charge of your health by not only changing the eating habits you were raised with, but you went above and beyond – a chef!! Your sons are going to have incredible experiences cooking with you 🙂

  3. Alicia C.  

    You have some lucky kids! Being able to help prepare their food really is one of those life skills that they will be thankful for.

    When things get to boring for my little guy, I try to have a little bowl of whatever I’ve been chopping for him to snack on. Beaters and spoons are also great for this! Usually, by the ti,e he’s finished his snack, he’s ready to help again.

  4. Shellina Guthrie  

    Great job, Mike! So proud of your efforts- you’re an inspiration!

  5. Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry  

    Its so great that you get your kids so involved, and let them experience so many different flavours and foods. Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing Mike!

  6. Lauren  

    Wonderful post — thank you for sharing! I really love that you went to such lengths to learn how to cook for your family’s sake. Sam does the cooking in our house, and I love seeing him pass on his love and flair for it to our son.

  7. Heather Swartz

    I love that you have your kids help prepare the food. My son is 19 months old and tries to help with everything. I have a wonderful husband who loves to expose our son and me to new veggies that I have never tried. As a result, my son eats pretty much anything, willingly.

  8. Annie Wenzel

    We did our best. We’re very proud of you Michael, and we love you. Mom and Dad

  9. Kelly  

    Resonated so much with this post!

    I grew up super picky and mainly on processed foods, and I just knew I wanted different for my daughter. I’m still frequently surprised (and gratified) when she munches on something happily that I would have turned my nose up to as a kid…I think our expectations have a lot to do with that!

    Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

  10. Georgia  

    you are a great dad, M. i am always so inspired seeing pictures & hearing stories of you cooking with your kids.

  11. Momma Jorje

    I knew you went to culinary school. I knew you were a chef. I had no idea you started out as being inept in the kitchen!

    I started out only being able to prepare stuff that came in a box! I have never been terribly confident in the kitchen, though I get confident with some dishes with practice. Perhaps I really should go to culinary school! lol I’ve often looked at cooking classes, not so much for career, though.

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with us!

  12. wordplayhouse®  

    I love sharing the joy of making good, healthy eats in the kitchen. Letting them be involved—at even the youngest ages—is wonderful and you are doing that. I also think an inspiring place to cook is a nice place to be making food together. We shared our (unusual) cheery kitchen today: http://www.wordplayhouse.com/2011/11/cheery-in-my-kitchen.html
    Wonderful cooking in the kitchen with kids tips you shared!

  13. Michelle  

    My kids love helping out in the kitchen. Most of the time their help is in inverted commas but they learn so much. Last night, my youngest ‘helped’ with the vegetable preparation and when she asked, “Please may I eat one of these carrot sticks?” I knew it was all worthwhile.