Gastronauts Academy is excited to announce that New York based children’s food education leader & pioneer Cricket Azmia of Creative Kitchen has become the lead partner in the Gastronauts Academy’s expansion into family culinary education.
Cricket is a one of a kind instructor. She strives to teach more than just a recipe or basic cooking technique, with a teaching philosophy that is based on the educational benefits of cooking. Cricket believes that cooking is a multi-faceted learning opportunity. Her method of food education is designed to inspire children to learn and express themselves creatively in the kitchen classroom, while reinforcing traditional learning disciplines. With this in mind, her classes incorporate a wide range of subjects: history, geography, math, reading, social studies, nutrition, science, foreign language, and art all find a place in her kitchen.
Creative Kitchen @ Gastronauts Academy will Draw on these food education philosophies, Cricket developed “Everybody Can Cook”, a comprehensive children’s cook book, curricula and teaching program, which make a perfect platform to partner with for our new virtual learning programs.
The book’s unique format, featuring tips and tools to integrate traditional school subjects, and includes adaptations for various physical and developmental abilities, dietary needs, ages, and environments.
In 2012, Cricket founded the Kids Food Festival (www.kidsfoodfestival.com), a celebration to educate families on how to make balanced food choices. The annual weekend of events serves as an effort to prevent childhood obesity through fun programming and entertainment for the whole family. The NYC event hosts approximately 40,000 attendees, and the Los Angeles event weekend of events hosts approximately 6,000. The Kids Food Festival partners with the James Beard Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In 2017, the Kids Food Festival partnered with the Association of Children’s Museums to produce the Kids Food Festival To-Go, a series of mini 1-day Kids Food Festivals hosted in children’s museums across the country.
Children’s cooking classes sign up starts November 30th