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Joanne Bowskill

Food Educator and Small Business Owner
Food Educator
• Sydney Royal Easter Show – teaching 2,800 kids how to safely peel, chop and make (then eat!) their own Vietnamese rice paper rolls
• Safe peeling and/cutting workshops for approximately 9,000 kids
• FarmFantastic - making Moroccan Cous Cous with 540 children aged 3-13
• Primary School cooking classes – 2628 students/classes
• Over 1000 after-school students/classes
• School holiday vacation care classes – for 1,600 students/sessions including fun Christmas themed workshops
• ANZAC Day RSL – cooking class designed specifically for the RSL to teach kids the history of and how to make ANZAC cookies
Daily updates on Get Kids Cooking Facebook page
New recipe for Cheese and Vegemite scrolls for cooking club members
Education; Family & Parenting; Food & Wine; Small Business & Franchising;
My kids and teaching kids how to cook and appreciate healthy and nutritious home-made food.
I'm inspired by everyday people having a positive impact on their wider community and am interested and inspired to connect with people who do this well.
Get Kids Cooking is an Australian enterprise that I started with my business partner, Holly Boal, after noticing a real loss of cooking skills, not only in our children, but in my generation. In our society today, many households are struggling to get a quick, nutritious family meal on the table, let alone cook from scratch and take the time to involve their children in the cooking process.

Since starting Get Kids Cooking, Holly and I and our team have been making huge strides into teaching thousands of kids how to cook and appreciate healthy and nutritious home-made food through our popular classes held in schools and vacation care services around Sydney.

Having identified a need to service the wider community, we have gone one step further by creating the Get Kids Cooking @home subscription to help children develop their cooking skills, while taking part in some enjoyable activity time with their parents, siblings and friends.

Every parent knows how difficult it can be to get children try new foods, particularly fruit and vegetables. Little do children know that learning to cook can have a real impact on their understanding of what foods are healthy and what goes into the final creation.

For many Australians, cooking is a real pleasure and a genuine lifestyle interest as well as a necessary and useful life skill. Once kids get into cooking, they really love it. Through activities and step-by-step recipes, our aim is simply to encourage kids and their parents to have fun in the kitchen together.

As well as being fun, fostering a love of cooking in young kids can lead to many social and health benefits, including increasing their attention levels at school and teaching them the nutritional value of fresh fruit and vegetables. Being involved in the preparation of a meal can help to stimulate a child's appetite to try new things, expand their palette and be more open to a wider range of tastes.