At these cooking demonstrations in local schools, I always ask the students where chicken comes from. It kills me that every single time a student yells out “Safeway!” or some other grocery store. Kids don’t always understand where their food comes from. It should be fresh, nutritious and, when possible, local. Your tomatoes aren’t from Whole Foods; they come from a hard-working farmer and his or her land.
I love working directly with children. We get our hands dirty in the garden, learn how to make a well-balanced meal, and the students listen. If you make gardening and cooking fun, kids pay attention. The students are receptive to new approaches and appreciate the freshness of the ingredients if you take the time to show them why it is important. We all need to stop and think about where our food comes from and make some healthier decisions with that in mind.
So I just watched this past week's episode. Great to see Spike driving and laughing at being hungover. Great to see Jen driving and steering a boat while admitting to be still queasy after having shots, beer, moonshine, etc. Great decision-making from the two of you. Really sets a good example for everyone.
This series has turned out to be much better tv than I originally thought. I particularly like your segments, Spike, and it's not just because I live in the D.C. area. You have a big focus on food, and not so much on your public persona or commercial efforts. I get that you need to make a living; and I love how you go back and forth with your family and thrash out your concepts and flavors. You are a local success story, and I hope your Mom & sister give you a little respect for that!
I really wanted to like this show, but it just is kind of boring, imo. Thank goodness Top Chef is coming back.