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Introducing Chef Will, Kid Expert

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We are so happy to have the remarkable Chef Will sign on as one of our guest bloggers. Chef Will began his cooking career at 12 and only 3 years later, at 15, he has started a catering business. As you will learn in the following Q&A, he has special insights into cooking and kids that will benefit adults and children alike:

FD: Chef Will, so good to have you here! Our first question is how often do you cook your family dinner?

I make dinner on average 3-4 nights a week. My mom calls me from the grocery store on her way home from work and asks me if I have any ideas. I usually do.

FD: How long does it take you to cook dinner, and you don’t have to do the dishes do you?

Haha, no I don’t have to do the dishes. I spend between 30 minutes, if I am making just one or two dishes, and 2 hours for some time consuming dishes. Or I’ll spend 3 or 4 hours if we are having a dinner party.

FD: Do you remember the first time you cooked dinner and why?

Before I started cooking I always liked flipping whatever was on the grill with my dad. The first time I actually cooked dinner, I made steak because my dad had bought me my first cookbook and he asked me to make something from it. After that I started to branch out to more difficult meats and then to fish and so on.

FD: What is it about cooking that brings you into the kitchen so often?

I love the creativity and the passion that I can put into it. But I also like choosing what I eat for dinner!

FD: Do you have any advice for parents who want to start cooking with their kids?

Parents can make cooking more fun for kids by making very hands-on dishes, letting the kids choose what to make, and letting the kids try the food all throughout the cooking. When parents do this, they will get their kids more excited about their food and help them become less picky eaters.

FD: Speaking of picky eaters, were you one? What about now?

When I was a kid, I was a very picky eater. I only liked pasta plain, steak with ketchup, and basically everything else plain. After I started cooking, my palate has changed  dramatically. Cooking can help you realize that you actually like a lot more foods than you think.

FD: I think you just gave a lot of parents hope. Do you follow recipes?

I‘ve been watching the Food Network for many years. I’ll follow a recipe if it’s the first time I’m making that type of dish. After that, I usually put my own flare on things. I also have a few recipes that I keep using over and over.

FD: What dishes make you happiest to cook?

I am happiest to cook anything that my family loves, especially fried chicken and French fries. I always like making spaghetti Bolognese or trying anything vegetarian.

FD: Your three favorite ingredients are?

Andouille sausage, tomatoes and smoked salt and pepper.

FD: What dish was your biggest flop? Sorry had to ask.

That’s OK, if you don’t flop you are not pushing yourself. I would have to say my biggest flop is the time I tried making pizza. Homemade pizza can be easy, but mine actually tasted way worse than frozen.

FD: When do you call dinner a success?

A dinner is a success when everybody loves the food and bonds over a great meal. It’s also nice to see them fighting over the scraps! I’ve cooked for 2 people and for 60 at a time. I have started a small catering business called W and M Catering, and the same thing happens there — people come to be together and eat my cooking, and that makes me feel good.

FD: Do you have any advice for adults who are intimidated by the kitchen? 

No one should be intimidated by the kitchen, they need to know it can be a lot of fun and very fulfilling though it does take inspiration. They can get this inspiration by learning that they can make a 5 star quality meal in their kitchen for a lot cheaper. And they should not be afraid of failing – remember you can always order a pizza for delivery – and who doesn’t like pizza?

FD: Other than being a favorite blogger on our site, what do you think your future holds?

For the next year or two, I will promote my catering company as well as take as many jobs as I can get in cooking. When I am 16, I will try to get a job in the restaurant business. My goal is to try to immerse myself and try as many ventures in the culinary world as I can until I find my niche.

 

 

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One Response

  1. Richard says:

    This is great. An all kid catering company … fun. Love to give them a try.

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