“Teaching kids to eat healthy without teaching them how to cook is like teaching them how to drive without a car! Cooking classes provide context and meaning to nutrition education. Cooking skills empower kids to apply that nutritional knowledge to making lifelong healthier eating choices. That’s why we’re on a mission to bring the kitchen back to the classroom.”
– Chef Sherry Van Der Elst, founder of Get Cookin’
Get Cookin’ launched in August of 2018 with a single mission: to bring the kitchen back to the classroom, one school at a time.
Get Cookin’ purchased their mobile teaching kitchen through The Charlie Cart Project, a non-profit program with a similar mission of engaging kids with food and nutrition through hands-on cooking. Unlike a large industrial kitchen, our compact, fully-outfitted school simulates a typical home kitchen, creating a comfortable and familiar learning environment and enabling students to transfer their new skills seamlessly and utilize at home.
As a company created with a primary educational purpose, our Mission is to empower and inspire children and families to make lifelong healthier eating choices through hands-on culinary instruction and food-based nutrition education.
- To promote cooking skills as a critical strategy in bringing about healthier eating and changing dietary habits
- To promote the lifetime skill of healthy cooking beginning at an early age
- To collaborate with schools, community centers, churches, and others within our community to make cooking and nutrition education available to low-income and food dependent families.
- To promote the many therapeutic benefits of hands-on culinary education for adults and children with physical, cognitive and learning disabilities.