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Teen’s Cooking Camp

Debra Broussard Taghehchian wants to change the world one skillet at a time. She’s a kitchen superhero who wants to teach your teens to cook. Taghehchian is launching a cooking program alongside Daphne Olivier, a registered dietician and owner of My Food Coach. The duo will teach hands-on cooking classes at Tops Appliances & Cabinetry, 5826 Johnston Street, Lafayette.

The cooking classes, six sessions in total, are set 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. July 13, 15, 17 and 20, 22, 24. The classes are designed for 14-18 year olds and will cost $360. Students will learn the basics of cooking, how to plan a balanced meal and how to set a proper table.

As Anthony Bourdain said, “I do think that the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”

Each class will focus on a different food group with instructions in nutritional value and preparation. Students will learn various cooking techniques including how to roast, sauté, sear, chop, boil, dice and bake. The final class will bring all aspects of the lessons together and students will use the skills they’ve learned to prepare a full meal.

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Debra Broussard Taghehchian grew up in a Cajun kitchen near the apron strings of both her mother and father. Her family lived on and ran a dairy farm on the Broussard farm just south of Lafayette. Her Cajun roots go back to the Beausoleil Broussard and the first Acadian settlers in Louisiana — you don’t get more Cajun than Debra. She had continued to develop her culinary skills with formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and less formal training in the kitchens around the world — from Iran to Croatia. She believes cooking, followed by eating together at a round table, could change the world.

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