Kentucky State University’s Center for Family Nutrition and Wellness Education program conducted a Rookie Cooking Camp (RCC) at the Rowan County Health Center conference room. 

RCC is a program designed for middle and high school students to introduce them to cooking techniques, food safety measures, and basic nutrition concepts. 

“Cooking is simply a lost art form and basic knowledge of nutrition is vital for students to be as healthy as possible,” said Lora Gullett, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Area Agent.

The three-day camp kicked off with Chef Mike Montes from Aramark at St. Claire Regional Medical Center demonstrating knife skills and safety. Brianna Fannin, Gateway District Health Department environmentalist, provided food safety tips.

Each day the students assisted in meal preparation of healthy food choices. The last day ended with a meal prepared and served by the students for their family and friends using recipes, table manners and place setting they learned during the camp.

The seven students completing the camp received an apron, a collection of assorted cooking utensils and goodies and a certificate of completion, along with healthy recipes and cooking ideas.

Kentucky State University’s Center for Family Nutrition and Wellness Education is located in the Morehead-Rowan County Visitor Center and the Chamber of Commerce office in the old Railroad Depot, 150 E. First Street, Suite C, and is part of Kentucky State University Extension Program.

KSU Extension Office Staff includes Gullett and Rachel Price, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant and Gullett. Price and Gullett thanked all the students for participating in the Rookie Cooking Camp and their parents for transporting them to the camp

“We look forward to another successful camp next summer,” they said.

Price and Gullett extended a special thanks to volunteer Catherine Johnson Hedges for helping all three days and Jessica Reed-Brown, Montgomery County SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, for assisting with the meal preparation for the families and clean up the third day, and Rowan County Health Center’s staff and board for the use of the facility.

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