About The Kitchen Crew

About The Kitchen Crew

The Kitchen Crew is the first of its kind in Detroit, offering cooking classes catered specifically to children.

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.

The on the go, non-stop nature of every day life with kids often leaves parents feeling like they have little choice outside of fast-food joints and packaged, processed foods. But there is another option. Cooking whole, unprocessed foods at home doesn't have to be daunting and showing kids how to do it teaches them to be self-sufficient and resourceful. In the long-term, reducing or even removing processed foods from their diet, could lead to healthier, more active lifestyles.

We didn't realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.

Kids learn best when they are engaged and having fun. Classes at The Kitchen Crew are designed to facilitate interaction between children, forging new connections and friendships, all over food. Problem solving, improvisation and creativity are just some of the outcomes when kids cook together at The Kitchen Crew.

What are Boxed Potatoes Anyway?

Real ingredients make good food. That's why, at The Kitchen Crew, we do our best to start with fresh produce and unprocessed meats to prepare meals with our kid chefs. It's our goal to make sure they know that spud flakes are fake and real potatoes come from the Earth and are grown in the ground. Beyond teaching children where their food comes from, we also aim to introduce them to foods they might not have otherwise heard about or tried. We're expanding horizons over here.

Eat Well Now, for Better Health Later

Obesity in America is real. And along with it come high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. But it doesn't have to be that way. Learning how to eat balanced, wholesome meals can help prevent these diseases as children get older and start to make their own decisions about what to eat.

It Takes a Community

We grew up in the community and recreation centers in Detroit, so we know how important they can be to the development of our youth. At The Kitchen Crew we like to think we're carrying on that tradition by preparing children with life skills like perseverance and resourcefulness. We're not just giving them a fish; we're teaching them how to fish. Students meet other children and make lasting friendships that may even last them into adulthood. And we're all about diversity and inclusion. Detroit is a changing landscape and more and more is becoming a melting pot of races, cultures and identities. And everyone is invited to participate at The Kitchen Crew.


The Recipe

Ingredients

One big crew of curious kids
Armloads of whole, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, meats and grains
Several dedicated and enthusiastic chef-instructors and recipe developers
A dash of salt and pepper (to taste)

Method

Combine all ingredients
Cook repeatedly, in small batches
Observe the magic

Yield

A healthy relationship with food
Confident, well-rounded children
A lifelong love of cooking
Healthier, more connected communities