Linda is an avid cook and gardener, employed in food service, and the mother of very picky 10-year- old son.
“I’ve tried everything,” she shared with the other families in the class. “We have a garden and I grow broccoli and peppers, but I can’t get him to try it.” Linda and Kyle were thrilled to attend the Cooking Matters for Families course at the Webster Middle School where they could have the chance to spend some time together and cook side-by-side. Linda was eager to learn some new techniques from the culinary instructor and to share some of her own skills in the kitchen with Kyle. Linda was hoping that Kyle’s picky eating wouldn’t be an issue in a class where they would be preparing healthy foods, so she was amazed to watch her ten year-old son take a bite of vegetable pizza – and like it.
"Before the class, the only other vegetable I would have is corn, but now I have broccoli, tomatoes and a bunch of other vegetables,” say Kyle. Linda says the change happened partially because the culinary instructor said in class that ‘you don’t have to like something but refrain from saying yuck,’ and partially because Kyle was so involved in the preparation. “So cooking does matter when you’re so hands on,” says Linda.
Each week, Linda has mentioned that Kyle seems to be more adventurous in his eating, not only in the classroom but at home. “We had chicken sausages on bulkies last night and he ate the peppers and onions. Kyle also took it upon himself to make the English muffin pizzas with vegetables, when he was home on the half-day while I was at work. And he and his dad loved them."