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Carolyn Gilles, the Wholesome Chef owner and chef instructor, plans to host health and nutrition focused cooking classes in the residence halls of the University of Kentucky for the second consecutive semester and is adding Transylvania University students to her schedule for the fall semester as well.
These classes are available at no cost to the students who choose to attend.
As student and Food and Dining Chairperson for the Transylvania Sustainability Council, Eryn Hornberger has clear goals for her group this year, “I believe that skills such as cooking and simply knowing about food are critical for both economic and health concerns. I want students to get excited about food in a way that will create a closer community on campus and build relationships in the Lexington area”.
In the spring 2012 semester, Gilles educated students at the University of Kentucky on sustainable eating and cooking skills to use in the dorms, demonstrating techniques and recipes that could be easily replicated in residence hall kitchens.
Caroline Frederickson, a resident advisor in Blazer Hall on the campus of University of Kentucky, said that the program not only educated her residents, but also created an opportunity for them to build community.
“The girls in Blazer loved coming together and bonding over the program but also chose to continue making the recipes regularly throughout the semester, allowing them to grow closer to one another” Frederickson said.
Gilles plans to continue to use her classes to provide students in both universities the opportunity to learn cooking habits they can continue through their adult lives and with their friends.
“There’s not much that’s more fundamental to a healthy lifestyle than eating well every day. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to reach these students at such a critical age to develop lifelong healthy habits”.
In her role on the Sustainability Council at Transylvania, cooking classes were at the top of Hornberger’s list this year for programming.
“Working with The Wholesome Chef will hopefully encourage and provide the opportunity for Transy students to become acclimated with the culture of Lexington and to view the buy-local, eat-local movement as progressive change, not a trend, but a way of life”.
The Wholesome Chef, located at 507 East High Street, is a boutique cooking school in Lexington, Kentucky focused on teaching the connection between food and health and improving the overall quality of life. Classes are held on and off-site as well as lectures and presentations are given to large groups. A full class schedule or special requests can be accommodated at TheWholesomeChef.com or by calling 859-721-1448.
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