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Family Bonding Over Culinary Training

Aug 17, 2007
Thousands of students each year go to culinary school to earn a degree in the culinary arts so they can pursue a cooking career. However, this is not the case for all of those individuals who receive culinary training. Some see cooking as an art in which they would like to earn a living, and others see it as a hobby that they can use to bond with their family. So whether individuals are looking for a career at a five star restaurant, want to impress guests at a dinner party or simply want to liven up the kitchen at home, classes in culinary arts can help anyone pursue their dreams.

For years fathers and sons have bonded over going to a football or baseball game and mothers and daughters have bonded by shopping or having a day of beauty. Now everyone in the family can bond over learning how to cook. The culinary arts is no longer just for aspiring chefs. It is for families that are looking for something they can share with one another and bring them closer together. Culinary training can be simple enough for children of all ages to take joy in. Children can have fun learning to make the foods that they love to eat.

A big dilemma for most parents is getting their children to eat healthy foods without putting up a fight. One way to get children to eat healthy foods and enjoy them is by getting them involved in the process of preparing and cooking the food. With culinary training even the least experienced cook can bond with their children by learning to create kid friendly dishes. Children will learn that healthy food can be fun to eat and appetizing as well.

Another great aspect of learning how to cook with the family is the different themes that can be incorporated into the kitchen. Whatever the time of year or whatever the holiday, there is a theme and food menu to match it. With culinary training, families can learn creative ways to incorporate themes into your meals that everyone can enjoy. Around the Mexican holiday of Cinco De Mayo, try your hand at quesadillas, nachos muchachos and tacos. Others might enjoy a summertime meal of pizza poppers, sandwiches and frozen pops. Children will love making Shamrock cookies on St. Patrick's Day, along with other Irish treats.

Along with learning how to cook different treats and making healthy food appetizing, children can also learn the importance of safety and sanitation. Culinary training is not complete without learning the safety precautions that are necessary to make the cooking experience fun and enjoyable. Safety measures such as wearing the appropriate clothing and using caution around hot surfaces will play an important role in the culinary training process. Parents can find comfort in that fact that their children are learning kitchen safety while having fun cooking.

While children are learning how to cook their favorite treats, parents can try their hand at culinary training. Parents can spend time together by taking cooking classes as a couple, while their children are learning as well. Courses at culinary arts schools are offered on the weekend to accommodate working individuals. Parents can learn to make their own themed meals, such French and Italian influences, incorporating wine or holiday favorites. For those ambitious individuals, wedding cake decorating certificate programs are also available. So not only can children and parents learn how to cook, a skill that will be useful to them throughout life, but they can bond during the process.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for The Culinary Institute of Virginia College. Culinard offers two outstanding culinary programs. For more information on one of the most prestigious culinary institutes in the U.S., please visit http://www.culinard.com .
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