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Teen2Chef Has Gone Virtual!

Virtual Teen2Chef Programming:

As in-person programs have disappeared with the current COVID-19 crisis, many of our projects have had to adapt to virtual programming.

 

In response to this, our team at London Health Sciences has worked hard to adapt our Teen2Chef program to be run virtually in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of London.

They have completed one session, and are planning even more with positive responses from participants. Learn more below!

London health sciences children's hospital logo

Project Members

The London team participated in our initial in-person pilot of the Teen2Chef program. They have created the adapted virtual program through the Boys and Girls Club of London which they are calling Kitchen Takeover!

About Kitchen Takeover

The team at London Health Sciences participated in the original pilot of the program, using the Girls and Boys club as their facility. With the switch to virtual, they were still able to use this building, but now broadcast their program through Zoom to the participants!

food boxes for kitchen takeover program

The Recipes

Food boxes containing dried ingredients are put together by the Registered Dietitian along with a Dietetic student/volunteer. The non-perishable food boxes are picked up by the participants at the local Girls and Boys club.

 

Participants are also provided a grocery store gift card to purchase fresh produce and perishable ingredients needed for the recipes.

cooking demo chopping peppers

The Class

Each class is 1 hour long, with an optional 30 minute break out at the end where participants can eat their creations, discuss the recipes, and ask questions.

 

Participants cook in real-time following along with the facilitator who demonstrates and creates the recipe for the week. The participants are able to ask questions, show off their creations, and have fun!

Nutrition “Moments”

While the original Teen2Chef program has an abundance of nutrition education during each class, the Kitchen Takeover virtual program has a stronger focus on food skills, with some nutrition education peppered through to ensure that the class stays focused and engaged with the content. They include short “Nutrition Moments” where they discuss nutrition topics, while their food is cooking.

 

Topics include macronutrients, fibre, hydration, salt, and sugar.

 

Participant Feedback

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infographic for virtual teen2chef program