KidZania launches cooking programme for kids

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KidZania CongreZZ Kid Gelson Eng having a chat with Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, the mayor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

KIDZANIA Kuala Lumpur is serious about teaching kids a new skill – cooking, and in the process promote healthy eating habits.

This was obvious at the media event announcing the KidZ vs Food programme. The event on Thursday was attended by KidZania Kuala Lumpur mayor Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, KidZania Kuala Lumpur and Singapore governor Susannah Abdul Rani and representatives from sponsors Panasonic Cooking, Vitagen & Marigold, Sushi King, Lifebuoy, Beryl’s and the Young Chefs Academy.

The event hosted by KidZania CongreZZ Kid Gelson Eng also featured cooking demonstrations by chefs Datuk Fazley Yaakob and Brian Chen, who is also the owner of Young Chefs Academy.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change. We hope that through KidZ vs Food, we will be able to alter how kids look at food and cooking. We want them to discover the simple joys of cooking and build a sense of confidence and self-sufficiency that comes from successfully completing various cooking tasks and challenges.

“We hope that this programme will also lend value to parents. We want them to see that by involving children in the kitchen, you’re not just making food, you are teaching science in action; helping to lay down basic math, reading and time-telling skills; encouraging healthy food choices; building confidence and creativity; enhancing communication and deepening connections with your child,” said Shahrul Nizar.

The Kidz vs Food programme runs from Nov 26, 2016, to Jan 1, 2017.

It will feature:

Pop-up Kitchen – Allowing kids to take charge as they handle end-to-end preparations of fast and easy recipes that they can then prepare at home.

Food Science – This takes a look at the technical aspects of cooking, demonstrating how chemical reactions and conditions can create different food tastes and textures.

Food Art – This one is all about the basics of food presentation and how to create beautiful desserts.

Professional Workshops – Led by some of Malaysia’s favourite celebrity chefs, cookbook authors and food artists, this should be attractive to parents.

This is the schedule:

Nov 26-Dec 9:

Pop-up Kitchen, 11am-2pm (For children aged 7 and above)
Healthy breakfast: Tuna & Corn Frittata

Food Science, 12pm-5pm (For parents and children aged 4 and above)
Brick Jelly

Food Art, 3-6pm (For children aged 4 and above)
Cookie Art

Dec 10-23:

Pop-up Kitchen, 11am-2pm (For children aged 7 and above)
Japanese Cuisine: Sushi

Food Science, 12pm-5pm (For parents and children aged 4 and above)
Edible Slime

Food Art, 3-6pm (For children aged 4 and above)
Chocolate Candy

Dec 24-Jan 1

Pop-up Kitchen, 11am-2pm (For children aged 7 and above)
Dessert: Fruity Mini Cones

Food Science, 12pm-5pm (For parents and children aged 4 and above)
Rock Candy

Food Art, 3-6pm (For children aged 4 and above)
Chocolate Garnishing

Professional Workshops, 2-3pm (For parents and children)

Nov 26:

Celebrity Chef Datuk Fazley Yaakob will explore menus under Healthy and Affordable Cooking.

Dec 3 & 4:

International Food Artist Samantha Lee gives her food a KidZania-style makeover as she shares food art tips with a KidZania twist; she will also demonstrate how food can be used to communicate stories and messages.

Dec 10 & 11

Learn more about how to use foods Fresh from the Garden with Celebrity Chef Brian Chen, plus a practical session on making Tasty Dishes with Ingredients Found in Every Kitchen.

Dec 15 & 16:

Seven-year-old Chef Leah is giving cupcakes a seasonal touch. Join her as she demonstrates how to make cupcakes for the Christmas season. Also, don’t forget to buy a cupcake for charity!

Dec 24 & 25:

Cookbook author Mohana Gill offers advice on How to Prepare a Healthy Meal with Your Kids, with a session of How to Experiment with Fruit in Preparing Dishes.

In addition, there will be the KidZania Zuper Kitchen Challenge, where kids can take part in a cooking contest with prizes worth over RM5,000.

To participate, all you have to do is submit a three-minute video which shows your child preparing a dessert. Each video entry must start with “Kai” and end with “Zank-U” or “Z-U soon!”. The videos must be submitted via email to kzkl.admin@kidzania.com.my between Nov 14 and 28, 2016. The videos will then be uploaded to the KidZania Kuala Lumpur Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KidZaniaKualaLumpur/) for online voting between Nov 30 and Dec 7, 2016.

The five young cooks with the highest number of votes will move on to the KidZania Zuper Kitchen Challenge Grand Finale on Dec 17, 2016. They will be given a detailed brief one week in advance and then gather for a cook-off to determine who will win the grand prize:

  • Panasonic Bread Maker worth RM1,335;
  • Young Chef Academy Holiday Cooking Programme worth RM480;
  • KidZania Kuala Lumpur hamper worth RM200;
  • Four complimentary tickets to KidZania Kuala Lumpur for two children and two adults;
  • Autographed cookbooks by celebrity chefs Fazley and Chen.

 

For more information, go to www.kidzania.com.my.

KidZania CongreZZ Kid Gelson Eng with celebrity chefs Datuk Fazley Yaakob (second from right) and Brian Chen (fifth from right), KidZania Kuala Lumpur mayor Shahrul Nizar Ahmad (fourth from right) and KidZania governor XXX, along with representatives of the sponsorship companies at the media event for KidZ vs Food.
KidZania CongreZZ Kid Gelson Eng with celebrity chefs Datuk Fazley Yaakob (second from right) and Brian Chen (fifth from right), KidZania Kuala Lumpur mayor Shahrul Nizar Ahmad (fourth from right) and KidZania governor Susannah Abdul Rani, along with representatives of the sponsorship companies at the media event for KidZ vs Food.