Children’s class nurtures culinary instincts

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

PANAMA CITY — On Saturday, Hannelore Holland worked with a group of up-and-coming chefs whose combined energy and skills were just the right ingredients for an afternoon of fun.

The Just for Kids classes at Somethin’s Cookin’ are interactive demonstrations for ages 7 to 13, “but there are some 5- and 6-year-olds who come if the interest is there,” she said. “Once they are 14, they can be in the adult class.”

For this grandmother of two, little helping hands are just the right size for molding.

“Scott is our chef,” said Hannelore, whose grandsons call her “Omi,” a German version of grandmother. “When he comes to visit, he makes the chocolate soufflé, and they look better than mine.”

Her grandsons, Alan, 15, and Scott, 11, of Orlando have grown up cooking in the kitchen during their visits.

“I always gave them dough and they made their own bread. It’s better than play dough, they love to cook with it,” Hannelore said. “If you teach them at an early age, later there are benefits.”

Her children’s cooking classes combine her specialties, making gourmet food easy and working with children, both of which require a lot of love and experience.

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