Confidence in the kitchen is key

The one thing about cooking that Chopped Junior winner Claire Hollingsworth wants other kids to know and learn from is this: Be confident! IMG_1342

“You can do this!” she shares. “Don’t be scared! Try things, and be safe when it comes to using a knife and heat. So always ask for help if you need it, and keep learning. Remember that you can teach your parents things. I teach my mom and dad things that I’ve learned about cooking all the tie — and they keep teaching me. It’s a lot of fun, and keeps us close, too.”

What happens if a dish tastes nasty? “Use it as a learning experience,” Claire says. “You learn more from mistakes than you realize. There’s always cereal for dinner. Just keep cooking, and smiling.”