Bali offers many activities and experiences not only for adults, but also for children. Childhood is the best time to learn new things with fresh and curious minds. Cooking is an activity that can encourage a child’s inner creativity, provide them with a new, fun and challenging experience while also keeping them busy. Kamandalu Ubud, a scenic resort in Ubud offers a unique Bali Junior Chef program for kids. Under the supervision of Chef Yogi and his team, the children learn not only to cook but are also introduced to the sources of every ingredient they use and the benefits nutritionally of each ingredient. The resort offers two different classes: “Pumpkin” Cooking Class, suitable for children aged 4 -5 and “Sunflower” Cooking Class for children aged 5 – 10. Both classes boast different menus and focus on Indonesian and Western cuisines.

Text by Kartika D. Suardana, Photo courtesy of Kamandalu Ubud

Bali offers many activities and experiences not only for adults, but also for children. Childhood is the best time to learn new things with fresh and curious minds. Cooking is an activity that can encourage a child’s inner creativity, provide them with a new, fun and challenging experience while also keeping them busy.

Kamandalu Ubud, a scenic resort in Ubud offers a unique Bali Junior Chef program for kids. Under the supervision of Chef Yogi and his team, the children learn not only to cook but are also introduced to the sources of every ingredient they use and the benefits nutritionally of each ingredient. The resort offers two different classes: “Pumpkin” Cooking Class, suitable for children aged 4 -5 and “Sunflower” Cooking Class for children aged 5 – 10. Both classes boast different menus and focus on Indonesian and Western cuisines.

The program starts at 8.30am, with a trip to the traditional wet market where the children are introduced to the local ingredients and fruits, as well as having the opportunity to buy some of the fresh produce themselves.

Arriving at the open kitchen by the pool and overlooking a paddy terrace, the kids are introduced to the ingredients and the kitchenware designed especially for junior chefs. Chef Yogi and his assistant first train the young chefs how to cut their ingredients (the children are always closely supervised during the program).

During my visit, Chef Yogi told me that most of the children signed up to learn how to cook Indonesian dishes and that the children enjoyed the process of making sate lilit, a Balinese traditional skewer, as well as a little mountain of  yellow rice. Chef Yogi said the children love cutting and mixing the colourful ingredients together. The children were allowed each time they finished cooking, to enjoy their self-prepared dish or they could keep all their dishes and enjoy them at lunchtime when the class finishes. This is a fantastic new facility in Kamandalu Ubud!

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