Starting Friday, the Stratford Lakeside Active Adults Association will host a new program aimed at and involving youth in the community.
The new intergenerational initiative, a five-week cooking program, is being hosted by SLAAA in close association with the Stratford Youth Centre. It has been made possible through a grant received from the United Way of Perth-Huron.
Five youth, ages 14-16, from the Stratford Youth Centre will meet weekly with a chef to learn how to prepare simple but nourishing meals. The young people in turn will be mentored in the kitchen by volunteers from the SLAAA membership.
“Such a program could not happen without the generous volunteer support of the guest chefs from the community who will be providing the training to the participating young people,” said SLAAA representative Carys Wyn Hughes.
Participating chefs include Gilead Rozenberg from PAZZOs, Denis Cotter, world renowned vegetarian author and chef, Dion Lach of The Parlour, and Derek Barnes from the Stratford Chefs School.
Each Friday session will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Kiwanis Community Centre's kitchen. The final class is Nov. 30.
If all goes as well as anticipated, plans are already being considered to run a second cooking program in the new year.