As a kid, cooking was fun. There was no better feeling than being able to assist my mother, grandmother or great-grandmother in the kitchen. It’s the reason I love to bake today—and why any and everything that needs to be cooked in the oven falls under my responsibility.
Why is this important to you? Because. If your kids love helping you in the kitchen, they may be junior chefs in the making. And, passionate little chefs plus your busy schedule equals time for you to sit, catch a breath and allow your kids to cook.
To help junior chefs get started, check out the following five gifts.
Apron and spatula set: Junior chefs can keep their clothes clean and show off their super cooking skills in a Superman-themed apron and spatula set at Williams Sonoma . The apron, embroidered with the Superman logo, has two double patch pockets in the front and an adjustable neck tab. Three BPA-free silicone head spatulas complete the set. $47.95.
Williams Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com.
Festive sugar: Sprinkle some magic into holiday baking and anything that needs a little giggle with a three-piece set of organic sugars appropriately called Mr. Gigglepants and Friends Gift Set by Beautiful Briny Sea . Each sugar tin includes a wooden scooper for easy use. $33.
Beautiful Briny Sea, shop.beautifulbrinysea.com.
Culinary classes: If you rather your children trial-and-error their culinary skills elsewhere, enroll them at Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market in Alpharetta. In January 2018, the school will offer the following classes: Tots Cook: New Year’s Nibbles for children three to five years old plus a parent from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 12 ($25); Dad and Me: Game Day Buffet, children 10 – 12 years old and one parent from 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 ($79); Kids Cook: You’re My Hero for ages six to nine from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 27 ($35); and Kids Cook: Cupcake Warriors, children 10 – 12 years old from 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 ($39). Cooking classes are also available at the Johns Creek location; click here for the schedule.
2800 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 678-534-3138, wholefoodsmarket.com.
Knife set: Little chefs can safely learn knife skills with a set just for them. Amazon offers the Curious Chef three-piece set, which features serrated cutting edges, blunt tips and soft-touch grips. It’s best suited for children five and up. $8.93.
Personal oven: Remember all the sous chef-ing I did as a kid? I was able to practice my pastry skills with an Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven. This contemporary version is available at Target . It’s a real oven with an on and off switch (it must be plugged into an outlet) and comes with a baking pan and tool. Mixes for treats like cookies and frosting are sold separately. $45.49.