In the Kitchen with the Middle School Cooking Club

Watch out MasterChef Junior, there are some new cooks in the kitchen! From gooey guacamole to tasty tortillas and savory sweets, the newly-minted Middle School Cooking Club created several delectable delights during the 2016-2017 academic year. Under the direction of Flik (MICDS’ food vendor) Dietitian Danielle Beck—who develops and supports wellness programming among all three divisions at MICDS—the Middle School Cooking Club gave students the chance to try their hand in the kitchen and form a new relationship with and appreciation for food.

Nicole Dai ’23 and Nithya Reddy ’23 whip up some guacamole.

Beck said, “The club is a great creative outlet for the kids. I give them a recipe at the beginning, but I let them conduct everything themselves. I’m there for support and guidance when needed, but I think it’s important to let them learn and create their own recipes.”

Beck also hopes to expand the club to both the Lower School and Upper School, where she envisions the Upper Schoolers teaching the Middle Schoolers, and the Middle Schoolers teaching the Lower Schoolers.

“Getting the whole community involved would be a great way to foster culinary appreciation and a deeper connection with food and wellness,” she added.