Go!Chefs Kids Cooking Classes
Making Healthy Eating for Kids Fun and Accessible
Go!Chefs is a hands-on cooking and nutrition education curriculum for young people ages 6 through 21. Our kids cooking classes introduce youth to the pleasures of preparing and enjoying "real food" that is both nutritious and delicious - an essential step toward health and well-being. Students learn basic cooking skills, the joy of eating and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, and how to become empowered and conscious consumers in a marketplace that spends millions to persuade children to eat high-calorie, low-nutrient products.
The program culminates in a yearly Iron Go!Chefs competition in which elementary and middle school groups from our Community Schools and Centers across the city come together to battle their peers for best tasting and healthiest dish. Students create original recipes that include one non-meat protein, two veggies and fruits of different colors, and one whole grain, and cook it live for a panel of expert judges. They also prepare for a Nutrition B where they are quizzed on the nutrition concepts they learn throughout the year. Iron Go!Chefs makes healthy eating a cause for celebration. View photos of the 2012 Iron Go!Chefs Competition.
Click 'play' below to watch highlights from the 2012 Iron Go!Chefs competition!
How Our Cooking With Children Classes Started
Children’s Aid started Go!Chefs in 2006 and it rapidly grew in the after-school programs at Children's Aid community schools and centers. In 2008, Children's Aid, in partnership with the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Department for Youth and Community Development (DYCD), piloted a technical assistance and training program called Fun Food, Smart Food for middle schoolers in 12 Out-of-School Time (OST) sites.
Food Justice Program
A new addition to Go! Healthy is our 15-week Food Justice program for middle and high school students. It combines the basic tenets of our Go! Chefs program with an introduction to project-based advocacy. In addition to learning about individual health and cooking, students explore food through the lens of social justice. Visit the Food Justice page to learn more and to watch a video documenting this innovative program.