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Introducing Student Teacher Intern – Tiffany

June 10, 2015

My name is Tiffany Chan and I am extremely excited to be helping out with Growing Chefs for the next couple of weeks. My first day was at Captain James Cook Elementary and as I arrived into the classroom, there was already a buzz of excitement among the students, chefs and volunteers. The past few weeks with Growing Chefs had obviously been a success as the students were wide eyed and ready to learn more about preparing and cooking vegetables!

IMG_7363I was lucky enough to be starting my Growing Chefs experience on the day where students would be cooking their very own stir-fry. It was amazing to see how involved the kids were with the lesson and how enthusiastic they were about vegetables. I soon found out it was because they had previously come up with their very own recipes to compete in the stir-fry competition in the class! Combining some personal investment and an edge of competition definitely creates an engaging learning environment! The two teams’ recipes included a colourful array of vegetables including bok choi, carrots, onions, peas, bell peppers, asparagus and a very special ingredient that helped a group win the award of “best kick” – chili paste!

We had our panel of judges taste each stir-fry according to best kick, most colourful, best sauce and best chopping skills. Ultimately, it was a tie between the two teams and rightfully so because the two veggie stir-frys were a hit with everyone in the class!

Needless to say, my first day with Growing Chefs was an unforgettable experience and I am looking forward to my next visits!

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