Atwater school cooks up a class to stimulate student taste buds and minds

What’s New At Your School This Fall


Submitted by Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary
TK – 6

Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary has launched a new after school culinary enrichment program called Cooking Skills and World Cuisine. This dynamic hands-on cooking class specifically designed for 3rd to 6th graders, engages students’ taste buds and minds. In each two-hour class, students cook a healthy dinner using recipes from around the globe and leave the kitchen inspired and empowered to make healthy choices. Graduates of the course will be able to cook a balanced meal and safely use common kitchen tools.

“The goal of Cooking Skills and World Cuisine is to teach students healthy eating habits that are easily shared at home. Our focus is to not only build kitchen confidence but to also provide recipes students are familiar with from around the world,” said Karen Sulahian, Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary Principal.

Cooking Skills and World Cuisine not only integrates kitchen safety, but it will also focus on academic subjects such as math, geography and culture. Principal Sulahian added, “While students crack eggs, measure, grate, peel and slice, they will also gain new science, math and reading skills.”

Leading the students in the Glenfeliz kitchen is celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality, Chef Lovely Jackson. Chef Lovely is best known for her appearances on NBC’s “Food Fighters,” Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and finalist on Season 9’s of Food Network’s “Food Network Star.” She is also a Lead Chef Instructor and Ambassador for Common Threads. Common Threads is a non-for-profit organization created by celebrity chef Art Smith whose mission is to teach children how to cook healthy meals. Chef Lovely has also been a Chef Ambassador for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign.” Her commitment to educating children in the culinary arts is one of Chef Lovely’s many passions.

The collaboration with Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary, Chef Lovely and Common Threads will serve up delicious global culinary offerings while creating memorable cooking and learning experiences for the students that will last a lifetime.

Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary is located in the heart of Atwater Village, Los Angeles. The school is focused on providing students a diverse and nurturing educational experience throughout their early years. The school day runs from 8:10 a.m. to 2:35 p.m., and is augmented by affordable after school care programs that expand student experiences with activities like cooking classes, violin, Spanish immersion, dance and movement, science and art to name a few. As a neighborhood school in a growing community, Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary offers excellent student: teacher ratios. Call the front office to schedule your tour today.

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  1. How in the world can you ask that students learn to cook and eat healthily when their mentor is very overweight? Childhood obesity is a definite problem and these children deserve a model/instructor who practices what she teaches.

  2. Great work! I’m proud to be a part of a similar school program that teaches kids Culinary Skills and World Cuisine in rural Central Illinois where many of the kids face the same health/diet challenges as those in LA. The best way to improve food choices and eating habits is to start cooking healthy food. Thanks for sharing your story.

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