Help Cooking Kids Make Their American Debut

Chefs at work

Chefs at work

In 2015 the Cooking Kids, a culinary competition for school-aged children on the national level,  enters it’s fourth year in Slovenia, that Gem of a Country nestled in the niche between Austria and Italy.  The program is gearing up and now underway for 2015 with local competitions which turn into regionals, semifinals and the final competition  held the end of April or beginning of May.

Slovenia at the Heart of Europe

Slovenia at the Heart of Europe

This is the second year that the Weston A. Price Foundation, the largest not-for-profit nutrition education organization in the world will be one of the financial sponsors for Cooking Kids. Sally Fallon Morell, the Prsident of the organization, says that the Weston A. Price Foundation” is proud to be a sponsor of Cooking Kids, a program very important for not only Slovenia, but for families everywhere.”

Artisan producers, local farmers, and Slovenian food producers provide the ingredients; teachers, chefs and restaurateurs  mentor, teach, provide their kitchens and contribute to the children’s culinary education. Supportive parents donate their time encouragement and energy. It seems as if the entire country is involved. Cooking Kids events are covered by the national media.

Cooking Kids

Cooking Kids

The “Cooking Kids” program developed by Anka Peljhan is a brilliant strategy

Anka Peljhan, Director of Cooking Kids Program, Kuhna pa to

Anka Peljhan, Director of Cooking Kids Program, Kuhna pa to

to introduce cooking skills to our youngsters as well as emphasize the use of healthy, local, and natural ingredients.  Not only does the program foster self- confidence in the kitchen, but also team work among members.  It also ensures that Grandma’s recipes for traditional foods which are part of the national heritage, will not only be preserved , but will become a part of family meals again.  The children find that the ability to cook is greatly admired, especially among those of us who like to eat well.  They also learn home gardening in the program.

Cooking Kids Finale 2014

Cooking Kids Finale 2014

If you have traveled to Slovenia on the culinary tour, Taste of Slovenia, you experienced first-hand the high quality food products of this food-loving culture.  In 2014, the Cooking Kids demonstrated their skills for our group and served them tasty samples of authentic cuisine bites at the Ljubljana Castle on the first night of our tour.

Anka Peljhan & Sylvia Onusic with Cooking Kids at Ljubljana Castle

Anka Peljhan & Sylvia Onusic with Cooking Kids at Ljubljana Castle

These days cooking has become a lost art and many families survive on fast  junk foods that are quick and easy.  The results in the US and the rest of the world are apparent: rising rates of obesity, diabetes and cancer, among even the youngest children.  People are unwell and medical costs are soaring. Autism rates stagger higher each year.  In America, genetically modified foods and toxins are everywhere in the food chain. The Cooking Kids program can start to change that- it’s a model than can be adopted in an country.

The group has been invited by the Slovenian Embassy in Washington, DC to come to America and demonstrate their culinary skills at the European Union Day (E.U. Day) on Saturday, May 9, 2015  from 10:00 to 4:00 PM.   THE KIDS ARE REALLY EXCITED TO COME.  The Embassy is located at  2410 California Avenue NW  in Washington DC. Last year 4000 people attended the EU Day at the Slovenian Embassy, which was voted “the best open house” of all embassies in an informal poll.

Sylvia & Ambassador at EU Day 2014

Sylvia & Ambassador at EU Day 2014

Slovenian Embassy in Washington, DC

Slovenian Embassy in Washington, DC

But to fulfill their dream of coming to the U.S., the Cooking Kids need funds for airfare, food and travel.

Won’t you contribute and make their trip a reality?

It’s easy !  Please contribute the dollar amount of your choice. If you have a  PayPal account,  click on the Cooking Pot on the right side of the screen, wait a moment…and then select the personal payment for friends and family option.  You can also open a PayPal account easily.  You can also contribute by money order, or personal check. Please make check out to University Research Associates and send to: 1602 Kent St., Portage, Pa 15946. In the note line at the bottom left of the check, please write: Cooking Kids.  For every donation Cooking Kids will send a personal receipt for your tax records. For any questions, please email us at cookingkidsus@gmail.com

A cookbook has been published (in Slovenian language) for each season of Cooking Kids 1-2-3-showcasing the recipes prepared during the competition.  We are planning to translate the cookbooks into the English language.

Home Cooking Season 1

Home Cooking Season 1

Cookbook Season 1 Home Cooking Cookbooks 1-3

Please consider joining us at the Slovenian Embassy on EU Day May 9, 2015 and  meeting the Cooking Kids.

Thank you for investing in our children.

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About Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, LDN, CNS

Licensed and board-certfied nutritionist, writer and researcher. BS in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Education;, MS in Health Administration; PhD in Public Health Education; completed the dietetic program at Penn State, University and the CNS Certified Nutrition Specialist program. Fulbrighter to Slovenia in Public Health. Speaker at Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and International Raw Milk Symposiums. Member of the American College of Nutrition. Creator and tour leader for "Taste of Slovenia, a Real Food Tour."
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