By Tech. Sgt. Tamara R. Dabney
/ Published September 12, 2019
Alicia Newton (right), Nutritionist and Founder of Nourish My Soul and the associated Jr. Chef Boot Camp, looks on as Jr. Chef Haakon (left), slices a pineapple, July 26, 2019 at Holcomb Farm in Granby, Conn. Founded in 2018, the Jr. Chef Boot Camp provides cooking lessons for the children of service members in Connecticut. The boot camp was the first culinary arts program to be awarded a grant by the Hartford Arts Council when it began in 2018. The goal of the boot camp is to teach children healthy cooking and eating habits before they reach adulthood. The boot camp concludes with a cooking competition.
Pictured (left), vegetables used during the Jr. Chef Boot Camp cooking competition. Pictured (right) Jr. Chef Kate prepares vegetables. The Nourish My Soul slogan is “Planting Seeds and Stirring up Change One Community at a Time”. Jr. Chef Boot Camp supports the community by using locally-grown produce and through community outreach projects.
Pictured (top, left) Kasey Timberlake (left), 103rd Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager, and Col. Roy Walton (right), 103rd Vice Wing Commander, judge dishes prepared at the Jr. Chef Boot Camp cooking competition. Pictured (bottom, left) a team of Jr. Chefs collaborate to prepare a dish for the cooking competition. Pictured (right) Jr. The cooking competition is timed, so Chef Kate breaks apart a garlic clove as quickly as possible. At Jr. Chef Boot Camp, participants are encouraged to develop bonds with their peers and create fun memories. During the camp’s cooking competition, each Jr. Chef must utilize all of the cooking skills that they learned at boot camp and demonstrate teamwork skills by preparing a dish with other Jr. Chefs.
Pictured (far left) Newton guides a team of Jr. Chefs as they prepare food during the Jr. Chef Boot Camp cooking competition. According to founder Alicia Newton, the program is designed to teach the importance of leadership and facilitate healthy relationships.