The Little Scholars Reporter sat down with the wonderful Miss Kerrianne, our Little Scholars Chef to find out what motivates her and why she is so passionate about what she does.
What is your professional Background?
During High school I started a school based Traineeship in a commercial kitchen to obtain my certificate 2 in Kitchen Operations, after finishing high school, I went straight into completing my apprenticeship as a chef. I spent my apprenticeship working in 3 different establishments in Toowoomba, QLD. Locations varied from cafes, restaurants to function centres and bistro. I finished my apprenticeship in 2008. I had a small break then started again working for a remote area specialist as a FIFO chef. I continued working throughout QLD and the Northern Territory for 4 years in many different camps varying in sizes and client requirements. I left the industry in April this year just before I joined the Little Scholars family.
Why did you want to be a chef at little scholars?
I was thrilled to get the opportunity to be the chef at little scholars, to be able to pass on my food knowledge experience and teach the children how to cook different foods and provide them with nutritious meals. I love being able to see the children’s faces light up during their cooking experiences. With my extensive background I am able to provide these children with fun and exciting ways to experience food.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing the children enjoying being able to be part of the food we are eating by growing and picking their own vegetables and herbs in our garden. Being able to talk to our children about healthy foods and the children starting to know the difference from healthy food to not so good foods, and seeing the children tasting new flavours.
What do you enjoy most about little scholars?
Being able to grow fresh produce with the children and being able to teach the children how we would use the produce and why we should choose to eat healthy, Having the flexibility in designing my own menu based on nutritious, sustainable and healthy foods
What do you like most about doing cooking lessons with little scholars?
Educating our children on better food choices and that eating the right food will keep our bodies healthy.
What are your plans for the menu this year?
To keep a wide variety of food choice on the menu, that extends on the children’s learning, which includes growing our own produce, tending to our gardens and respecting what we are eating.
If you had a message for the parents what would it be?
I would like to invite the parents to having input in our menu planning for our children, and that parents if they can involve their children in the cooking at night time you will be amazed at what they will already know and want to add to the meal. Ask the children questions like how would they like it prepared, or what they would like to add into the meal it is a delight to hear their answers.
We will be starting a cook book for Christmas this year, we would like families to bring in their family favourite recipe so we are able to add it to the little scholars 2015 cook book.
What is something families wouldn’t know about the food we prepare?
All the meals are made from fresh produce, the children help prepare some of the food that is supplied. All the food we supply are none trigger foods for the children. Meals are full of vegetables and fruit and all the children think that each meal is yummy and full of flavour the children are willing to try all meals served.
Four fast facts about Miss Kerrianne
Fact 1: – Came from a cattle station and mining background
Fact 2:- My passion is food and cooking
Fact 3:- I love decorating cakes in my spare time
Fact 4:- I love being able to get out with the children in a more hands on role teaching them about the foods we eat.