I always look forward to hosting the guest chefs in the Petits Chefs programme especially Vanessa Yeung. This part of the Petits Chefs programme is such a huge part of its success – guest chefs, cookbook authors, food enthusiasts who share their time and expertise with the club by working with the boys at school or in their kitchens. Since I launched this piece of the program in the spring of 2011, the boys have worked with SO many amazing people in the Toronto food community and every week I am so grateful for their generosity.
Vanessa is a bit of a legend though because she this week was back to work with the boys this week for her FIFTEENTH visit! Vanessa’s known for her amazing dumplings and each time she comes to work with us, we generally make some form of dumpling or potsticker. This week was no exception as we made the famous Ginger Chicken Potstickers but since we had a smaller group of boys, I added in some Thai Vegetable Cold Rolls with Mango and Avocado as a second recipe – and one that practices knife skills and patience (both great things to work on for the boys!).
The cold rolls station was a hive of activity as the boys sliced the vegetables and mango into precise sized pieces, picked over herbs and shredded lettuce…
They they got to work…
What we learned? It’s NOT as easy as Vanessa made it look! The rice paper wrappers are pretty challenging to work with and you need to work quickly but also carefully. In any case, it didn’t matter what they look like in the end, the boys ate them all!
What I loved seeing was as the dumpling group and the cold roll group changed places halfway through the class, the boys took it on themselves to teach each other (there’s no better way to solidify your own knowledge than to teach someone else!).
Meanwhile, over on Team Potsticker, the boys worked together to mix the chicken ginger filling…
What a great session to end the term (the boys were already asking to sign up again for next term!) – and a great way to keep things focussed to the last minute!
Thanks Vanessa for sharing your time and expertise with us once again. We’re SO lucky!
You can learn how to make these dishes too! Read more about the classes and catering 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
Vanessa Yeung makes potstickers and scallion pancakes with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung make potstickers and dumplings with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes dumplings and pomelo salad with Les Petits Chefs
Vanessa Yeung makes mango salad and turkey ginger potstickers with Les Petits Chefs
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