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Les Petits Chefs make sushi (and ginger caviar!) with John Placko

The focus for this year’s Food Revolution Day was about sharing the power of cooking, the benefits of cooking from scratch and, ultimately showing people that changing our food choices can make us both healthier and happier.  Instead of one official recipe as there has been in years past, this year, we have a set of 10 recipes chosen by Jamie Oliver that he deems the “Starter Pack” of Cooking.  Each recipe covers a different skill and technique that can give anyone the confidence to cook good, real, healthy meals for themselves and their families, for now and the future.  Jamie has spoken about the idea of ten recipes to save your life since his TED talk in 2010 and this semester Les Petits Chefs will be working with chefs from around Toronto who will cook THEIR “must know” recipes with the boys.

This week we worked with Chef John Placko of the Modern Culinary Academy who has worked with the boys a number of times before (we are so lucky!).  When John came to work with the boys for the first time, they made melon caviar, yoghurt sheets, carbonated strawberries, cranberry snow and chocolate micro sponge – impressive, right?  Then he came and showed the boys how to make sous vide caramelized bananas with coconut gel and snow (with bonus blow torch action!).  The next time he came, he showed them “rhubarb in textures” and last spring, the boys worked with John to create carbonated fruit, cranberry foam, ice cream, ice cream pearls, raspberry niblets topped with pop rocks, cranberry meringues and edible gold (!). For this session, we went a little more “normal food” with John choosing a universally-loved (by my students, at least) dish – sushi. This is a popular dish with kids, especially when they make it themselves because it’s so easy to customize and it’s a well-known fact that kids are more likely to try something they have made themselves. Plus, there are healthy ingredients. Plus there is a lot of chopping to be done!

Kids chopping carrots for sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping peppers for sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping cucumbers for sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping veggies for sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping mangoes for sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys did a great job of chopping the ingredients – mangoes, cucumbers, peppers, cucumbers – into thin strips to be rolled into their sushi.

Kids rolling sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Making vegetarian sushi rolls with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Rolling sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com(It was really hard not over-stuffing these – like we all admitted we do with tacos!)

Making salmon sushi rolls with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids rolling nori rolls with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids using sushi mats with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Using a bamboo sushi mat with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn the end, the boys did a wonderful job!

Kids cutting sushi rolls for sushi with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids cutting veggie sushi rolls with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Sushi rolls by kids with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe didn’t use nori for all the rolls and the boys loved the contrast the black and wasabi sesame seeds offered!

Sushi roll with wasabi sesame seeds on eatlivetravelwrite.com Making sushi rolls rolled in wasabi sesame seeds with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping sushi rolls with black sesame seeds Making sushi rolls rolled in wasabi sesame seeds with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.comJohn also showed the boys how to make a little something different – ginger “caviar” with a cool new device, the “sphericator“!

Sphericator on eatlivetravelwrite.com Ginger caviar on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis takes the hard work out of making caviar pearls out of liquids (typically with an eye dropper or a syringe). The boys thought it was magic!

And everyone took home a beautiful plate of sushi rolls!

A plate of sushi rolls with John Placko on eatlivetravelwrite.comThank you so much John for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and show the boys a favourite “must know” recipe. Not only is this a tasty one, but it’s fun to make too – checks off all the boxes for cooking with kids. I love showing them how easy some of their favourite take out foods are to make at home – with just a few simple ingredients and a couple of pieces of equipment. It’s a mini Food Revolution each time we show the boys something like this!

Get the recipe for Jamie Oliver’s sushi rolls here.

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2 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make sushi (and ginger caviar!) with John Placko

  1. Tami June 2, 2016 at 20:42 #

    I need one of those machines – just because I’d have so much fun turning Winter soups into delightful little balls of fun 🙂

    • Mardi Michels June 3, 2016 at 05:48 #

      Oh it’s SO much fun! We could have made caviar for days!!!

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