My daughter, Zoe, and I started a new chapter in our lives–cooking! We’ve embraced it wholeheartedly, but just as the love affair with better eating began, things stopped abruptly recently when our sweet potato chili was interrupted with a visit to urgent care–Zoe cut her finger wide open. The deep gash healed, but my confidence dived, so that was it for us until Zoe got some pro lessons. Enter Chef Jackie at the Williams-Sonoma Crystal Cove store.
Did you know the store offers a Junior Chef program for kids of all ages? I only stumbled upon it when calling around. Chef Jackie was great–she gave Zoe and her friend an hour lesson on all the insider tricks of proper cutting and safety. I was wildly relieved to see Zoe being schooled properly (as you know Mom Guilt is long-lived and takes a lot to get over).
The girls had such a great time chopping away like a real chef making a delicious mac-n-cheese complete with carrots, peppers and onions. There really was mounds of chopping involved.
Zoe had so much fun cooking right in the store. We are certain to return for The Junior Chef program, where kids are invited to visit the store Saturday mornings for complimentary classes at 10 am.
(You can also host an intimate birthday party lesson for your child and a few friends for a charge–great gift idea!).
And December 7th, the Williams-Sonoma Crystal Cove store is hosting a Gingerbread House class (a special fee of $30 for the materials).
I’m so glad I found out about this program–a great plus for our OC community.
For good measure, Zoe gave Chef Jackie’s knife lessons and her mac-n-cheese recipe a go at home already
For more on Williams-Sonoma Jr Chef classes, click here and visit the store at: 8032 Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92657, 949-464-2168. Ask for Chef Jackie Rovere
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