SEVEN LAMPS’ CHEF DREW VAN LEUVAN TEACHES CHILDREN’S CULINARY CLASSES

Chef Drew Van Leuvan’s daughter, Kayden, is 8 and already loves to cook.

Chef Drew Van Leuvan’s daughter, Kayden, is 8 and already loves to cook.

Chef’s toque before she could reach the countertop, and now she’s taking over the Seven Lamps kitchen with a crew of cooking kids. With a series of culinary classes, Van Leuvan and stand-in sous chef Kayden will teach the basics of cooking and baking. They have April classes on pizza and baking under their belts, and the two will take to the kitchen once more on Sunday, May 17, to teach spaghetti and meatballs.

Seven Lamps sports an open kitchen and dining room where demonstrations are easy to view.

Seven Lamps sports an open kitchen and dining room where demonstrations are easy to view.

During the one-hour class, children will form, roll and shape pasta from scratch, learn a simple tomato sauce, and form and cook meatballs, which is Kayden’s favorite recipe to whip up with her dad. Classes begin at 3 p.m. and the cost is $85, which includes all ingredients, along with a chef’s toque, apron or cooking utensil to take home.

Van Leuvan and his daughter first taught a cooking class together at her preschool, where they baked and decorated cupcakes. “The kids get a kick out of having their own little chef hats and getting messy. They have fun with it,” Van Leuvan says.

When he and Kayden are in their own kitchen, they love to make fried chicken, meatballs, French fries and chicken fingers. Kayden also chose the recipes for this class. Keeping the recipes simple makes it easy for kids to participate, and, as evidenced by Fox’s MasterChef Junior, bringing kids into the kitchen instills a sense of leadership and pride.

Seven Lamps Interior 2Van Leuvan says he’s most excited to see the kids interact with the food and make something wonderful. Parents are encouraged to stay and observe the class, as well. “It’s a lot of fun to watch them say, ‘Mommy and Daddy, I made that!’” he says. “I enjoy watching my daughter do her thing in the kitchen, and I know they will too.”

COOKING FOR KIDS

May 17, 3 p.m.
Cost: $85 per child
To secure your spot,
please call 404.467.8950.
Seven Lamps
3400 Around Lenox Road
Suite 217
Atlanta 30326
404.467.8950
sevenlampsatl.com

– Jamie Hausman