Curious Cooks is a series of interactive cooking classes intended to get students excited about food and nutrition. Whether they are rolling their own pasta or building a creative salad, children are becoming involved with their food. They are learning where ingredients come from, how to use them in delicious creations, and what specifically about these items are good for their bodies and minds. With repeated exposure through hands-on learning, these students will leave elementary school with a well-rounded knowledge of basic food preparation and good nutrition.
“Learning how to cook means you can experiment with different foods. It’s a healthier way of life. You can spend quality time with people you love.”
~ Isabella Andrews, age 9, McPolin cooking class student
Grades K – 5
EATS teaches students at each elementary school, during the after school program, once a month. Therefore, we are cooking with this age group EVERY FRIDAY! With Kindergartners thriving during sensory activities and the 5th graders completely capable of reading and following most recipes, EATS adapts our lesson plans based on the age group. We have a robust committee of professional chefs, educators, nutritionists, and dieticians that ensure our lessons are accurate, relevant, and age appropriate. These 300+ students attend about seven cooking classes each school year.
"300+ students attend about seven cooking classes each school year."
~ EATS Park City
Grades 6 – 9
YSA and EATS
In the 2017/18 school year, we began teaching cooking classes to students in upper grades. Through collaboration with the Youth Sports Alliance (YSA), EATS was able to reach students in the middle school and junior high (grades 6-9).
To sign up for YSA classes, please visit the YSA website.
YSA at Ecker in 2018
Spice Up Your Life (11/16, 11/30,12/7, 12/14)
YSA at Ecker in 2019
A Fresh Take on Fast Foods (4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17)
YSA at Treasure in 2019
Fueling Favs of Pro Athletes (2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25)
After School Cooking Classes at Ecker
These middle school classes were so popular, EATS was asked to be a part of Ecker Hill Middle School’s ongoing after school program.
To sign up for Ecker’s after school program with EATS, please visit the Ecker after school website.
Ecker After School Cooking Classes for 2018 / 2019
Session 1: Sept 25; Oct 2, 9, 16
Session 2: Oct 23, 30; Nov 6, 13
Session 3: Nov 27; Dec 4, 11, 18
Session 4: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
Session 5: Feb 5, 12, 26, March 5
Session 6: March 12, 19, 26, Apr 2
Instead of providing High School specific classes in the same way, EATS engages these students through various volunteer opportunities. They can assist in teaching/mentoring the younger students through our Friday classes or camps as a counselor. This not only provides them with the experience of going through the class itself, but the leadership skills to take on some responsibility in this task.
For the Whole Family
In the spring of 2019, we will be pioneering a program in partnership with the Christian Center of Park City that will focus on family cooking and nutrition education. Participants will learn how to involve their whole family in meal preparation, get fresh and healthy recipe ideas on a budget, and build community by sharing a meal together at the end of each class.
Camps take our after school classes to the next level, offering unique opportunities for youth to engage in the culinary arts. Learn more here.