Had so much fun doing an interview with Foshini Kids Club 🙂
A Master Chef
November 15, 2012 – 6:40 am
Josh Thirion enjoys preparing great meals for friends and family. Find out how he got into the business of food.
There are a couple of things you should know about 10-year-old Josh. He enjoys rooibos tea with two teaspoons of sugar, instead of fizzy drinks. He also encourages kids to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and he tries to stay away from junk food. In fact, Josh loves healthy food so much, he’s written a recipe book, Cook With Josh: Recipes and Games for Kids.
What made you take an interest in cooking?
I loved watching the Australian television programme MasterChef. It’s a competitive cooking show where contestants battle it out in the kitchen. I have never missed an episode.
How did you get started?
After watching every show, I started practising the recipes at home. My dad encouraged me to draw a comic strip for other children, explaining how to make these meals. Then my mother entered my comics into the Mzansi Magic Market Day competition, and I won. One thing led to the next and soon the idea to publish a recipe book materialised. To make the recipes fun, we decided to add pictures, puzzles and games.
Have you received any chef training?
I attend Delwood Chef’s Academy once a month and work with Australian pastry Chef Tim Woodford. Tim’s taught me a lot but I have to say, my mother is my greatest teacher.
What safety tips do you have for kids who want to experiment in the kitchen?
Always have an adult in the kitchen with you. Make sure you always wear oven gloves when handling hot items so you don’t burn your hands. My favourite trick is the chef’s claw – when using a sharp knife, curl in your fingers, leaving only your knuckles exposed so you don’t cut yourself.
What do you love eating?
Hamburgers and cottage pie are my favourite foods. I also enjoy vegetables and steamed fish regularly. When I want a quick snack, I love making popcorn. Like other children, I have a sweet tooth. Chocolate is my favourite but I try not to eat too much of it!
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I would love to follow Jamie Oliver’s career – do cooking shows, write books about food and sell great kitchenware.
What’s your advice to other kids?
Find your passion and then tell your parents what you love doing. They might help you enrol in special classes to help you master your talent. Then dream big and never give up.
How do you balance school with your cooking career?
My mom helps me a lot. She drives me everywhere and makes sure I’m always on time. I’m very active at school with extramural activities. Right now, I’m busy with the school play and my mom’s making my costume.
Johs’s Dippy Eggs and Toast Soldiers
What you’ll need
4 slices bread
1 tbsp butter
Place the egg in a saucepan, cover with hot water and bring the water to the boil. Cook the egg for three minutes for a very soft egg or four minutes for a soft yolk with a firm white. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in an egg cup.
Meanwhile, make the soldiers. Toast the bread, spread with butter then cut into fingers. Serve the boiled egg with the toast soldiers on the side. Season to taste.
Recipe from Cook with Josh (Struik Lifestyle)
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