chef series: TETSUYA’S ‘KIDS IN THE KITCHEN’ MASTERCLASS

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AUGUST 1, 2012

MR M & I WE’RE INVITED TO AN EXCLUSIVE ‘KIDS IN THE KITCHEN’ MASTERCLASS BY TETSUYA AT
HIS WORLD-RENOWNED RESTAURANT


World-renowned chef and Electrolux Cooking Ambassador, Tetsuya Wakuda, is passionate about developing the talents of the next generation of young chefs, and is encouraging children to get involved in the kitchen and extend their cooking skills.

Tetsuya said, “Cooking is an essential skill for all young children. It teaches them the importance of preparing meals using fresh ingredients and encourages them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s important to support the enthusiasm our budding young chefs are showing towards food and cooking. Giving passionate young foodies the chance to cook more complex dishes allows them to advance their creativity and gives them a sense of achievement.”

We were invited by Electrolux for an exclusive masterclass and an amazing 6-course dinner, and wines to match {for the mums, not the kids}! Simpley stunning, and awesome to see the kids give every dish a try. {Mr M’s fave, the truffled scrambled eggs which the kids helped Tetsuya cook!}

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Tetsuya recommends the following when cooking with your kids:

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If a child is learning to cook, keep it simple. As they progress, give them new recipes to ensure they continue developing their skills and expertiseHelp children understand different ingredients, where they come from and why they are usedEncourage children to try different foods from an early age to develop their palatesUse appropriate appliances. Electrolux Induction Cooktops are great for cooking with children because there is no open flame and as the surface heats the pan rather than the surface area, it is cool to touch, reducing the risk of burnt fingersNo matter what their skill level, supervision is a must. Be aware of what your children are doing at all times
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For kids who are eager to help but are still learning the basics of cooking, Tetsuya’s scrambled eggs with ricotta & creamed corn recipe {below} is the perfect, simple, delicious dish to start on…

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Scrambled Eggs with Ricotta & Creamed Corn

Serves 2

what-you-need:
4 Eggs
1-2 Teaspoons Creamed corn
80ml Cream
4 tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
Pinch of Salt & Pepper
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
25g Butter
100 grams Ricotta Cheese
Chives to garnish
Pinch Truffle Salt (Optional)

what-you-do:
Crack four eggs into a bowl and cut the egg yolks with a fork, don’t whisk.
Add 1-2 tsp creamed corn, cream and parmesan cheese. Season with salt.
Heat the pan with olive oil and butter.
Add eggs and gently stir with spatula.
Once the eggs begin to scramble, remove them from the heat and add ricotta.

To serve: Portion onto plates and garnish with chives. Season with truffle salt.

… and while we were at Tetsuya’s…

hubbie took Mr Z out for dinner, at one of his fave restaurants, Fratelli, and he insisted on ‘suitably’ dressing for the dad-date {below}…
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