sKids has been teaching kids to cook healthy meals since 2016, so we are already sold on the massive benefits learning to cook can have for life long health and wellbeing. Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski shares his story on how ‘Cooking’ helped him through tragedy.
When the worst imaginable life event happened to Matt Golinski, it was cooking that helped him navigate his way through it. In 2011, the celebrity Australian chef lost his wife Rachel and three daughters in a fire at their home. Matt suffered severe burns in the blaze, and spent the next four months recovering in hospital.
When he got out and started the long journey of trying to put the pieces of his life back together, Matt turned to his lifelong love of cooking. He found getting into the kitchen to create a simple meal helped bring a sense of normality back into his life at a time when things felt completely out of control. In this blog, Matt explains the role cooking has played throughout his life, and the positive impact mental health it can have on anyone. He also shares one of his favourite family recipes for you to try at home.
What role has cooking played in your life?
I decided I wanted to be a chef from a very early age, and 40 years later I still love every day I spend in the kitchen. When you’re lucky enough to choose a profession that you love doing it never feels like work. Through cooking I’ve made hundreds of great friends, travelled all over the world, and had the opportunity to make thousands of people happy by filling their bellies.
How did cooking help you through the traumatic experience of losing your family?
In a time when I was feeling so helpless and most things were out of my control, I was still able to do the thing I loved and that helped a lot. After four months in hospital, the first thing I did was pick up a knife and make dinner so I could at least have that tiny bit of normality back in my life.
What are some benefits of children learning to cook at home and school?
Cooking involves organisation, timing, science, patience and fine motor skills which can all be transferred to other aspects of life, but most importantly it’s an opportunity to be creative and have fun. And the best part is that the end product is something you can eat!
Any tips for parents wanting to get their children more involved in the kitchen?
Always keep things simple and fun. Choose things to cook that don’t make piles of mess or take a long time. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious.
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