Anyone who knows me well or has worked with me knows how important I think cooking is.
Just to prove that I totally practice what I preach my boys (12 and 9) have made every weekday meal for the last 2 weeks as it's been school holidays.
Now I am not going to pretend that this has been a quick and simple process. This is many, many years of teaching, cleaning up mega spills and crying in frustration as something has been ruined over a miscommunication .. But the glorious, sunny end is in sight for me. They both stepped up these last 2 weeks and even reorganised social events around their cooking responsibilities - YES - and I didn't have to cook once ...
I also realised how powerful cooking was as a tool in the fight against selective eating quite a few years ago. I had a mother approach me desperate for help with her 9 y.o. son (who has ASD) and was even frightened to touch foods that were not on the safe list. None of the normal strategies for working with selective eaters would have worked with him so I decided to cook with him. It was one of the most fun things to do and together we created a system that empowered him to overcome his food fears. It also taught him to cook and taught me how cooking can transform an approach to food. From this our cooking school for selective eaters emerged. We continue to learn from him and successive students what works and what does not!!
My long term dream is to set up a cooking school in every major city so children with food anxiety can come and learn to overcome fears in a fun, supportive and empowering environment.
If you have a super-selective eater and want a gentle approach to resolving issues we have a lot of experience doing this. Get in touch as we're happy to share knowledge and support your child to overcome food fears and anxiety over new menu items!
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.