Whoever thinks that cooking is just for adults has yet to meet 12-year-old Haile Thomas. Her list of accomplishments can rival many chefs twice her age. Haile has not only sat in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the State of the Union speech, but she has also started her own non-profit organization and has been invited to compete on Food Network’s new show “Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.
With the help of the First Lady, Haile has been taking her healthy eating campaign on the road since she was 10.
“Over time, the first lady has inspired me to start taking the healthier route when cooking. Also, of course, the childhood obesity statistics,” Haile told The Huffington Post.
Like mother like daughter, Haile began learning about cooking and the importance of healthy eating from her mother. “My mom mostly inspired my love for cooking. She’s always in the kitchen and she taught me at a very young age that it’s important to be able to make your own food,” Haile said. “At that point, it wasn’t all about health, but just being able to cook.”
Haile also shared some of her own food secrets with The Huffington Post. Check out what she had to say.
Pancakes or eggs?
“Eggs, I especially enjoy getting creative with omelets.”
Favorite kitchen gadget?
“A food processor. I use it to make creative pestos, hummus and homemade energy bars.”
First food memory or first dish you remember cooking?
“Scrambled eggs. I felt so accomplished, because they were perfectly seasoned and very creamy.”
Favorite restaurant in your hometown?
“I really can’t choose. I LOVE Renee’s Organic Oven, Acacia, and The Abbey. I’ve worked with all the chefs to create healthier menus as well.”
Any food you can’t bear to eat?
When I’m not cooking, I’d rather…
“Read a book, play ping pong or do fun family activities.”
“Curry shrimp lettuce wraps.”
What you’re looking forward to cooking most this fall?
“Tomato soup! Simply delicious.”
To check out Haile’s Curry Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, visit www.huffingtonpost.com.
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