Valley students spend Spring break learning to cook

Valley students spend Spring break learning to cook

MADISON, AL (WAFF)- Some Valley kids spent their spring break in school; specifically, a cooking school.

They got hands-on experience in meal preparation, proper kitchen procedure and safety.

This week's restaurant scorecard introduces the Budding Chef Cooking School.

The aroma of gourmet food wafts from this little white building nestled in downtown Madison.

Inside there's a flurry of activity: mixing, blending, scooping, grilling, and tasting.

It is where Chefs are born.

10-year-old Kelsey Cleveland instructs us on how to make a perfect Tropical S'more.

"A Hersey bar, graham cracker, and...what is it? Yes, mango and coconut," she said.

Sounds yummy!

R.J. Williams, though, like the Alien Milkshake they made earlier in the week.

"We put green die in it, and mixed it up. We put green dye in the whipped cream, and mixed it up."

These pint-sized chefs are taking part in the first ever Spring Break Mini-camp at the Budding Chef in Madison.

"Everything is hands-on. Everything is made from scratch. All the kids learn about recipe reading, how to shop for the food, what it takes to put a meal together. We expose them to international cooking, we expose them to a lot of culinary terms that they might see on the food network. So it's like the food network come to life," said owner Merle Phillip.

For many kids, it has. 13-year-old Lee Krzyminski wants to be a chef.

"Cause I love to cook, and this is my first cooking class," she said.

9-year-old Sophie Manning relishes the opportunity to express her creativity.

"I have had very much fun," said Sophie.


"Because it's very fun, and you're cooking foods you may never have cooked before," she said.

It's not all fun and games, though, safety is also stressed.

"Every single class, we teach them safety, sanitation, and knife skills. We work on using all types of commercial and residential equipment," said Phillip.

Time to see how your favorites stacked up with Health Inspectors this week.

In Madison:

  • Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant on Madison Boulevard...82
  • Brown's Food Mart on Palmer Road...85
  • Bison's Bar and Grill on Madison Boulevard...85
  • McDonald's on Highway 72 West...85
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Cleghorn Boulevard...88
  • Baymont Inn and Suites on Cleghorn Boulevard...88
  • Golden China on Hughes Road...88
  • Sonic Drive-In on Sullivan Street...89
  • Subway on Highway 72 West...91
  • Taco Bell on Madison Boulevard...91
  • Diner's Delivery on Old Madison Pike...91

In Lawrence County:

  • Hamp's Country Store in Mount Hope...85
  • Moulton Motel on Market Street in Moulton...86
  • Captain Dave's on Court Street in Moulton...88
  • Dairy Queen on Highway 20 in Town Creek...90
  • Manning's Café on Highway 157 in Moulton...90
  • El Rio Mexican Restaurant on Highway 157 in Moulton...90
  • Oh Bryan's Family Steakhouse on County Road 460 in Mount Hope...92
  • Shiftwork Deli on Highway 20 in Hillsboro...95
  • John's Bar-B-Que on Court Street in Moulton rounds out this edition of Restaurant Scorecard with a score of 91.