Interview with Gail Simmons of Top Chef and Food and Wine magazine, Cinnamon Date Tea,Filling Quesadillas

April 20, 2015
Hosted by Kid Chef Eliana

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In this episode, Kid Chef Eliana interviews Gail Simmons of Top Chef and Food and Wine magazine. They talk about what it's like working with all those amazing people on Top Chef. They also talk about why it's important to get kids involved in cooking. In A Tisket A Tasket What's Inside My Basket?, Eliana explores cinnamon and shares her recipe for Cinnamon Date Tea. In her segment, Foodie News, she shares the 411 on the cooking world. In her segment, Figure Out This Food, she shares information about Oyster Mushrooms. In her segment, The Cookbook Shelf she reviews Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids by Disney Press. In Creative Cuisine, Eliana gives Gail Simmon's recipe for Filling Quesadillas. Her Snacktivity is her Sautéed Sesame Oyster Mushrooms. Her Kitchen Craft is Backyard Flower Arrangement. Bon Appetit!

Cool Kids Cook

Cool Kids Cook

Monday at 4 PM on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel

Join Kid Chef Eliana on "Cool Kids Cook!" Get creative in the kitchen and find the foodie in you. Discover cuisine from around the world, cooking techniques, interviews with top chefs, and of course, recipes by Kid Chef Eliana. You'll be cooking in no time! Bon Appetit! Cool Kids Cook can be heard live every Monday at 4 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel.

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Kid Chef Eliana

Kid Chef Eliana

12 year old Kid Chef Eliana grew up in a family of cooks. With grandparents from Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba, and Honduras, Eliana’s recipes have international flair. She loves traveling and spending time in the kitchen with her family. Eliana says, “Cooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.” Eliana’s first cookbook, “Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids” was released in October 2010. She is awaiting the publication of her second cookbook, “Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana.”

At ten years old, Kid Chef Eliana was chosen as one of 13 Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is featured in a book called The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook. She has been a guest chef on Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV in New Orleans and has cooked with Celebrity Chef John Besh. She was a featured chef at the New Orleans Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Book Festival. She does numerous media appearances, cooking demonstrations, and book signings.

In the future, Eliana plans to design cookware for kids, create a line of spices, and host her own TV cooking show. She also wants to teach kids that good food is more than chicken nuggets and French fries. Her motto is, “Cool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!”

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