15 March, 2016
Using Your Cooking Skills To Teach Others About Good NutritionComments : 2 Posted in : Guest Speaker on by : Cook Plate Fork Tags: Ad hominem, Adelaide, Beaverton High School, Brong-Ahafo Region, Bucks County, Chef, Culinary art, Kitchen, Pennsylvania, United States, Vocational education
The more you know the easier learning something new becomes. That also applies to cooking. Yes, anybody can acquire cooking skills. When you know and understand the basics of cooking, that leads to preparing good nutritious meals, something you can’t find at a sit down, or drive through restaurant.
Some individuals have taken their knowledge of cooking and preparing nutritious meals a step further. How so?
With their knowledge of cooking and nutrition, they want to share with others the benefits of turning food preparation in a home kitchen into a healthy nutritious meal.
Our guest today is one such individual. Her name is Keisha T. Prosser, and she calls herself: The Mobile Cooking Teacher.
An Interview With Keisha
Splendid Recipes: Hey Keisha, how are you today?
Keisha: Doing just fine. Thanks for asking.
Splendid Recipes: Ready to answer some questions?
Keisha: Sure, but not to personal.
Splendid Recipes: No, nothing personal. Okay Keisha tell us, where are you from?
Splendid Recipes: How long have you been working in the food industry?
Keisha: I have over 20 years’ experience in the food service industry.
Splendid Recipes: Wow, over 20 years. Where have you worked during those 20 years?
Keisha: I worked at Whole Foods Market, School Distract of Philadelphia, and as a Private Chef.
Splendid Recipes: What did those jobs teach you then, which have helped you now in the food service industry?
Keisha: I learned how to be a better person and cook, and with that I have helped others to become good at healthy cooking. I don’t really look at it like a job, more like making new friendships.
I really enjoy cooking and showing others to prepare and cook different cuisines. Just seeing my client’s faces when they taste the food is priceless.
Splendid Recipes: Where did you learn your cooking skills?
Keisha: I graduated from “The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College” with an Associates of Science in Pastry Arts.
Splendid Recipes: For those of you who may not know where Walnut Hill College is, it’s in Keisha’s home town of Philadelphia.
The college was founded in 1974 and at the time was America’s first private college to offer career training in fine dining and the luxury hospitality industry.
The college offers four majors: Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Pastry Arts and Hotel Management. The majors are offered at the Associate and Bachelor’s degree levels.
Splendid Recipes: Keisha tell us what inspired you to want to work in the food industry?
Keisha: What inspired me was a nutritionist who came to our middle school. There was this one particular time, I believe it was March, yes the National Nutrition Month.
She came to our school and talk about the eating healthier and why we should. Though, I will say she brought food that I was not really familiar with.
Splendid Recipes: Oh really, what food was that?
Keisha: Green tomatoes, I don’t know much than about green tomatoes and personally I didn’t like green tomatoes. The nutritionist always seemed to bring food that to me did not make sense from where I come from.
Splendid Recipes: I guess at the time you might have not realized it, but March is also Dr. Suez Month, and Green Eggs and Ham is a favorite for many children. I guess therefore the green tomatoes and connection to good nutrition.
Keisha: Yes, that would be right.
Splendid Recipes: Tell us Keisha, what are you doing now with what you learned at Walnut College?
Keisha: I enjoy cooking, and I teach, “Healthy Cooking and Food Safety Workshops” at the local library, and Jenkintown Day Care Centers, both in Philadelphia.
Splendid Recipes: Is that all you do?
Keisha: No, I also do public speaking at the local middle and high schools to teach the kids about the hows and whys of eating healthy.
Splendid Recipes: What is your hopes and desires when you are either talking about eating healthier, teaching others cooking skills and using that to preparing good nutritious meals?
Keisha: Since I have gone into food service, I always make sure that when I am teaching cooking skills, I do it in a way that people can understand, so they can prepare food in their own kitchens that is nutritious. I show them how to cook to benefit their health.
Splendid Recipes: Would it be fair to say Keisha, you have put cooking and nutrition into one package that will benefit your clients health?
Keisha: Yes, that is right. My hope is that with the knowledge the individuals and families get from my workshops, will continue on to their own kitchen. Cooking and preparing food for themselves in a healthier way.
Splendid Recipes: Tell us Keisha what else you would like to share with us?
Keisha: I would like to share the importance of cooking together as a family.
Splendid Recipes: Great, we look forward to that Keisha. Thanks for your time.
Keisha: You’re welcome.
Please return for another interview with Keisha on cooking together as a family, March. 17,2016.