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One of many issues that units us other than different nonprofits and organizations is our Children Advisory Board (KAB). Working intently with ChopChop Household, the KAB shares concepts on find out how to encourage others to prepare dinner actual meals within the kitchen. The members present priceless views on children cooking, household meals, and total well being and wellness. We love how the KAB highlights the ability younger folks must create impactful adjustments inside faculties, communities, and past. Get to know our 2019-2020 board members by studying about every of them under.

Liana Pleasure, 15 of Wakefield, MA

Liana enjoys images, basketball, monitor, cross-country, and studying. She likes to do group service and volunteer work and has obtained quite a few tutorial and athletic awards, honors, and competitions. She likes to eat and prepare dinner lasagna. 

When requested “Why is it vital for teenagers to prepare dinner?” she stated, “It is vital for teenagers to prepare dinner as a result of it’s a large step towards independence. It additionally helps them to be extra aware of what they put of their our bodies and find out how to eat nicely in order that they really feel good, robust, and well-nourished. Additionally, by cooking, they’ll develop their consuming horizons, strive new issues, see what they take pleasure in, and set up a well-rounded palette.”

Hailey Fullenkamp, 14 of Hebron, KY

Hailey enjoys mentoring, taking part in tennis, volunteering, serving others, and educating youthful youngsters find out how to prepare dinner. She is a powerful tutorial, receiving scholarships, profitable contests, and getting straight As. Her favourite meal to eat and prepare dinner is her grandma’s enchiladas.

She stated, “My favourite extracurricular is cooking. I really like cooking and it is my ardour. Whether or not it’s making dinner for my household or serving to my brother and sisters with their lunches, I’m all the time trying to assist them create a scrumptious meal.” 

Tate Elliott, 12 of Bear Creek Township, PA  

Tate is sweet at public talking and loves theatre, historical past, science, and parkour. His favourite recipe to prepare dinner and eat is vegan quesadillas. He believes cooking is vital for teenagers to study as a result of he stated, “children ought to be studying abilities to care for themselves.” 

He served on the Children Advisory Board final yr and needed to be on it once more this yr as a result of, as he stated, he actually favored “the group of youngsters coming collectively and sharing the issues they know. It makes me take into consideration issues otherwise.” Tate additionally stated, “I’m not afraid to speak to folks particularly when I’m captivated with one thing. I simply love folks.”

Aleeza Riaz, 12 of Newton, MA 

Aleeza enjoys taking part in the violin, images, and taking part in her college’s Math Olympiads group. Her math expertise has helped her remedy math issues within the kitchen. And her favourite recipe to prepare dinner is naan. As a returning member to the Children Advisory Board, she stated, “I actually take pleasure in that ChopChop likes to listen to children’ opinions […] and that they take their concepts into consideration for the ultimate step.” 

She believes children don’t must have the very best culinary abilities on the planet however that it is vital for them to know find out how to make balanced, wholesome, fast, and cost-effective meals all through their lives. She additionally believes, “it is vital for teenagers to prepare dinner as a result of it’s a hands-on studying exercise that entails creativity, STEAM, interactivity, and teamwork. These classes via cooking are additionally very useful in sports activities, college, and extra.” 

Quintyn Scott, 10 of Cambridge, MA

Quintyn enjoys grocery procuring, mixing completely different meals and flavors, cooking along with his mother and aunt, cooking camp, baseball, fencing, group service, studying, and being an adventurous eater (for instance, he ate a bacon and cheese grasshopper at camp final summer time!). He has obtained the RISE award and enjoys consuming and cooking rice and salmon. 

As a returning Children Advisory Board member he stated, “I actually like once we speak in regards to the points, attempting the recipes, and what may match within the subsequent journal.”

Owen Osborne, 12 of Shreveport, LA

Owen enjoys writing, aggressive swimming, and sharing his love of wholesome meals selections. He’s a Scholastic Information Child Reporter, the 2016 winner of Michelle Obama’s Wholesome Lunchtime Problem, the 2017 Grand Prize winner of the Uncle Ben’s Newcomers contest, and a 2018-2019 finalist within the Healthiest Child Chef competitors. His favourite recipe to prepare dinner is vegan jambalaya stuffed peppers. 

He believes cooking is vital as a result of, as he stated, “Children can study a lot from cooking together with math, studying abilities, science, and find out how to observe multistep instructions. Cooking may assist children bond with the adults of their households and study their historical past.” As a brand new Children Advisory Board member, he stated he plans to share ChopChop with the “underserved communities inside Louisiana with the hope that youngsters and households will interact in more healthy meals selections.”

Te’Lario Watkins II, 11 of Blacklick, OH 

Te’Lario is a Starvation Hero with No Child Hungry, volunteers with Meals Rescue U.S., loves cooking, and enjoys fencing and group service. He was a delegate for Report back to the Nation and Report back to the State for Boy Scouts; COSI StemStar; named 20 below 20 in his group; and received the Ohio Signature Meals Contest for his Shiitake & Onion Soup Combine. His favourite recipe to prepare dinner is his grilled cheese with shiitake mushrooms. 

He based Tiger Mushroom Farms on the age of seven and started promoting his mushrooms at native farmers markets, receiving consideration from a number of native and nationwide media retailers, together with the Steve Harvey Present. He stated, “One in all my missions is to assist finish starvation.”

Jai Kalwani, 11 of Andover, MA

Jai enjoys taking part in electrical guitar, studying about science, and spending time along with his household by mountain climbing and touring. He’s expert at video manufacturing and is at the moment writing a e book. His favourite recipe to prepare dinner and eat is do-it-yourself veggie pizza. 

He believes it is vital for teenagers to prepare dinner in order that they’re unbiased and know what goes into their our bodies. He additionally believes public college meals might be more healthy and needs they’d extra selections, particularly for vegetarians.


In the event you’re occupied with becoming a member of the Children Advisory Board subsequent yr (2020-2021), we encourage you to study extra in regards to the expectations and necessities of KAB candidates. Children have to be between the ages of seven and 14 years previous when membership begins and reside in the US. Every member serves on the KAB for one yr however can serve as much as two years whole. If a member needs to serve a second yr, we ask that they full a “recommitment” software in addition to signal a letter of recommitment annually.