Iron Chef!

The cohort’s last Cooking Matters class tests all their skills in a friendly competition – Iron Chef! The trainees split into teams, create a recipe, and cook it to perfection.

Below are the final entrees lined up.

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F_jWBovSeY8DArPwhCMo3Qwf6R1poIFmHhOhZCMaotQSauteed shrimp with mango sauce:

P76CpR8CThR2oYdcxpaCyhIk_k3AryZ_44bgS2-g8XUVegetarian wheat lasagna: xqy_lxtv-Ts8_sYDT5FyZ8kl-aV8vs5kMt73nPU44fEThe trainees proudly present their dishes.

2J8jx_YYRr1VwtI6JrKchu96odsXLRtMAA_7BaJXO_0At the end, all the trainees received their Cooking Matters certificates of completion. A job well done. Congratulations!

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What We Cook Matters

Does boiling vegetables decrease their nutrition content? What vegetables have Vitamin A? How do I cook this funny looking vegetable? Last week our new cohort of Kitchen of Champions trainees learned the answers as they began Cooking Matters with the help of our community partner 18 reasons. 

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Week 4! Vegetarian Cooking

This week, in addition to their culinary classes with Chef Dorsey and their Professional Development training, the trainees spent a day with the crew from Three Squares, an organization that provides nutrition education and improved access to healthy food in low-income communities.

The Three Squares crew and the KOC cohort cooked a vegetarian meal to celebrate Oakland Veg Week. Cinque and Rodney (pictured below) told me that they enjoyed cooking with vegetables.  They made sauteed artichokes, pesto, and polenta.

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