I was thrilled to welcome Vanessa Yeung back to work with the boys this week. She has come to teach the boys twelve times before (she’s a legend!) and is known in Petits Chefs circles for her amazing dumplings (actually she’s known all around Toronto for those – her stands at food events consistently sell out) and she is one of the boys’ favourite guest chefs.
We only had a small crew of boys this week so it was a calm session with everyone working on their respective tasks quietly and industriously.
Peeling and chopping shrimp…
Then we got to making the dumplings…
Watching the boys work with Vanessa (and pretty much every chef they work with) always amazes me. I think because they often are working on complicated (to many people) dishes that they manage to produce perfectly (or nearly!). Kids have no sense of something being difficult in the kitchen because they have no experience of it so, it makes tackling items that many adults wouldn’t think of making at home easier and achievable. That “can do” attitude I see in the boys is something I’d love to have a little bit more of myself – I mean wouldn’t we all love to approach life believing that everything is do-able? In any case, kids CAN cook. You just have to give them a go!
Vanessa, we can’t thank you enough for your generosity and patience and for sharing your knowledge with the boys every year. My programme could not exist without people like you and we’re so grateful. Read more about the classes Vanessa offers at Aphrodite Cooks.
Read more about Vanessa’s work with the Petits Chefs here:
Vanessa Yeung makes Soi Gau and Ginger Chicken Potstickers with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes Siu Mi and Mango Salad with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes Bison and Pork dumplings and Coconut Tarts with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes Cold Rolls and BBQ pork and chicken crisps with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes potstickers and steamed dumplings with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes steamed buns with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes chicken and shrimp potstickers with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes potstickers and mango salad with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes classic dumplings with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes basic tomato sauce (and pizzas!) with Les Petits Chefs
Les Petits Chefs make potstickers and scallion pancakes with Vanessa Yeung