They soon may be sneaking cauliflower into the mashed potatoes and making barbecue sauce from scratch at city shelters, day cares and senior centers. Dozens of cooks began nutrition classes and hands-on training last week at a Long Island City industrial kitchen.
"When you use fresh ingredients, it's more exciting to work with," said John Graves, 61, who has cooked for kids at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center for decades. He said he gets bored making the same recipes over and over again on a four-week cycle - and wants the kids at his center to learn how to eat better.
"I sit at home and watch the cooking channels to get ideas," he said. "My focus is on the younger ones. You can get them to eat more vegetables and things like that and then by the time they're five, they're not afraid of broccoli." The program, called Cooking for Healthy Communities, was developed by United Neighborhood Houses and will eventually extend to hundreds of cooks.
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