Kids' Pages Family Magazine | February 2007
When you child chooses a toy to play with, it's your favorite pan that is chosen. Instead of crayons and tinker toys, your child chooses your copper pots. When you start the nightly dinner, your child is the first to climb onto the countertop and bet to stir and, of course, lick the bowl. This exceptional interest in cooking is your first clue of a budding, genuine passion. "If parents and grandparents have an interest in cooking, then that typically gets passed down," says Carol Wiggins of Stir it Up Cooking School. Indeed, many of the chefs interviewed for this article say the same -- it was a mother or a father, grandmother or grandfather, that loved working in the kitchen and creating special meals that influenced them.