Young chefs cook up food, fun and learning experiences at Grapevine Mills

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Aspiring young chefs and little foodies learned about the craft of cooking and all things food when Grapevine Mills hosted the annual Simon Kidgits Club Lil Chefs event.

The May 25 demonstration took place as part of a series of children’s culinary programs being hosted at approximately 100 Simon malls across the country.

The hands-on atmosphere helped parents and children explore the imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine.

Families participated in a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cookie decorating to pretzel rolling. Children also made candy necklaces.

Paul and Lisa Ross from Keller and their children, Pearce, 10, Lucas, 5 and Jonathan, 10 months, came to the mall to celebrate Lisa’s birthday with a trip to the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium and the Rainforest Cafe.

Although Pearce and Lucas help out in the kitchen at home, both are seeking careers as pro-ballplayers instead of chefs.

Even though it was his mother’s birthday, Pearce declined to give her the candy necklace he made.

“I want to keep it,” the fourth-grader said.

Kay Kham of Fort Worth watched happily as her son Ken, 8, decorated a cookie.

He, too, decided not to share.

“I’m going to eat it,” the second-grader said.

Angie Lopez of Fort Worth thought the care her son Abel, 3, took in making a candy necklace was good hands-on experience.

Asked if he wanted to be a chef, he shyly said “yes.”

But it was obvious he hadn’t finalized his career plans yet.

Asked if he wanted to be a firefighter, he again said “yes.”

Two fifth-grade classmates, Heather Lee and Katelyn Grabow, both 11, tried to outdo one another with their first attempt at pretzel making.

“Heather did best,” said Katelyn, with Heather offering her secret: “It’s fun twisting it.”

As part of the event, attendees were encouraged to help those in need by bringing a non-perishable food item to Grapevine Mills for donation to North Texas Food Bank.

The Simon Kidgits Club focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 to 8. Simon Kidgits’ Club programs have engaged more than 1.8 million parents and kids since its inception.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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