Could you live in a world where your children cook for you? Turn your kids into little chefs during this coming school holidays with KidZania’s ‘Kidz Vs Food 2.0’ programme. The programme is packed with hands-on activities to teach kids how to cook, an essential life skill.
“Our Pop-Up Kitchen sessions will have the kids try simple recipes to show them that cooking is actually not as hard as they think. This will give them more confidence to make a meal for their families,” said Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, Mayor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur.
By incorporating fun elements into food through Food Art and Food Science sessions, kids will also be more interested and eager to show their skills and cook for their parents, he said.
“Understanding where food comes from is a key part of encouraging children to enjoy cooking. They need to understand that food’s not just from supermarkets, but how it gets there, where it grows or comes from. It adds a bit more excitement to meals for them,” said Celebrity Chef Brian Chen and Founder of Young Chefs Academy.
“It’s also important to start with simple dishes and ones that kids are interested in. I’m certain they will be proud of the end products and will naturally begin to experiment with different ingredients and create flavours they enjoy,” he added.
One interesting feature of this year’s programme is that it will highlight local culinary delicacies such as bubur cha cha, ice cream Malaysia, roti jala, and pandan gula Melaka cake.
Chef Brian said he hopes that by including Malaysian food in the dishes, children will become proud of their cultural and culinary heritage.
A Children’s Culinary Programme
The Kidz Vs Food programme, which will cover different aspects of food handling from dining etiquette to science experiments, runs from 25 November to 31 December.
It will feature:
Daily Fun Cooking Sessions – 10am to 5pm:
Pop-up Kitchen held at TV Studio – hands-on cooking sessions, where children will learn simple recipes from different cultures. They will also be taught basic table settings and dining etiquette
Food Science held outside of Bananana! Theatre – introduces kids to the different properties of food, from flavours and textures to its chemical qualities, turning ingredients into materials for science experiments.
Food Art held at Event Space– gets kids to think creatively while learning to decorate and present their food in different ways
The Kidz Vs Food programme will also feature:
Weekend Cooking Workshops held at TV Studio – introduces kids to the professional world of food. There will be professional chefs from the Young Chefs Academy sharing their knowledge and experience.
Here is the schedule:
Nov 25 – Dec 8:
Pop-up Kitchen: Pizza-Making
Food Science: Ice Cream Malaysia
Food Art: Funny Face Toast Treat
Pop-up Kitchen: Banana Fritters
Food Science: Cookie Space Activity
Food Art: Marshmallow Pops
Pop-up Kitchen: Apple Pie
Food Science: Taste-Testing Challenge
Food Art: Colourful Chocolate Sticks
Professional Workshops: 2-3pm
Nov 25 & 26: Roti Jala with Chicken Curry
Dec 2 & 3: Fresh Egg Noodles in Vegetable Soup
Dec 9 & 10: Baked Chicken and Chicken Samosa
Dec 16 & 17: Bubur Cha Cha
Dec 23 & 24: Ginger Bread House Decorating Competition
Dec 30 & 31: Mini Pandan Gula Melaka Surprise Cake
All cooking workshops are free as long as a ticket to KidZania Kuala Lumpur is purchased.
By Hazlin Hassan
Hazlin Hassan is a freelance writer who spent 12 years in the news industry, first as a TV journalist and then a foreign correspondent. From writing about politics, she now focuses on the more important things in life: dirty diapers and never-ending hospital appointments.