Welcome To iCook,
Where Healthy Food Is Fun!

iCOOK is a really fun, hands-on after-school cooking program for children. Our mission is simple: to help teach children to love everything about food – cooking, eating delicious and healthful dishes (of course!) and learning about different cultures, stories behind the food. We make every experience fun because we start with great recipes and fresh ingredients, colorful cooking stations and engaging activities. Also, we keep things food-safe: we are a nut-free establishment and we can accommodate most food allergies and diet restrictions. We also teach basic table manners and dining etiquette, and of course, clean-up skills.

 

We choose recipes and activities that focus on delicious and nutritious. Our recipes tend to be easy and colorful using mostly fresh ingredients. We also have fun names for our recipes, too, because we find “Super-Power Smoothie” or “Godzilla Veggie Bites” encourage students to try new tastes. And because we want every student to love the food, our focus is on “slightly healthier” balanced recipes, with treats here and there. That’s why we try to abide by the motto: “Everything in moderation, even moderation.”

 

Children are encouraged to share their cooking experiences when they return home. We provide the recipes, cooking tips and talking points to create recipe sharing and learning at home easier and more fun.

 

Our culinary instructors are all confident and capable in the kitchen; they have culinary backgrounds and many are also registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs)—so you can be sure that “health” is an important ingredient in each recipe.

 

iCOOK – and you can, too!

Parents and students love our program! Here are some recent comments from parents:

"Kirby loves this class! He has asked if we can grow a garden so we can have fresh ingredients, and tonight he cut up a banana and arranged the slices in a beautiful pattern intertwined with apple slices. It's his favorite after-school class. Who knows, I could have a little chef on my hands!"

Kim M., parent of Kirby, Chicago

"I heard wonderful things from Evan today about his iCOOK experience. He has asked to make us dinner and wants us to buy ingredients for the veggie wrap! We even played a table manners game at the dinner table tonight. I guess you could say he is loving it."

Natalie D., parent of Evan, Chicago

  • Culinary Skills

    Culinary skills are at the core of our program. We teach students how to chop, dice, peel, slice, wash, strain, core, bake, toast, whisk, fold and mix. We also show students how to “read” a recipe and how to measure ingredients. We make it so that recipe preparation (and clean-up) is easy and fun!

  • Nutrition

    Delicious and healthy recipes are a key ingredient of every cooking class. Our instructors discuss “nutrition” in a really fun way so that every student wants to taste and comment on the dishes of the day. The goal is also to encourage students to talk it up at home and share key nutrition facts and food nuggets they learned in class.

  • Culture of Food

    Cultural Awareness is an important part of our program. Our schools are ethnically diverse so we carefully select recipes that expose students to the foods and dishes of other countries. Our instructors may share a story about a recipe or food and ask the students which foods are familiar and on their family table. The discussions give students a chance to share their own food experiences with classmates.