On January 4th, I cuddled close to my favorite up-and-coming culinary artists, my 8 and 9 year olds and learned about far more than pies.
This picture, taken from the Youth of The Mount’s Facebook page, shows a smiling 12 year old Alex. I shared this on my personal page just minutes before it started to see if my “IERN Chefs” were tuning in.
But I came to learn that there’s nothing more valuable to intergenerational connections and digital learning. When asked about how he was able to make such a tasty pie (that led to a top 3 finish by the way) and using the weaving technique for his crust: he contributed his learning to recipes that had been passed down and YouTube.
While we were all celebrating seeing passionate youth having a awesome platform like Food Network to showcase their talents, the lesson Alex taught me “reigns supreme”. We have to value sharing learning with our elders. We have to continue to share what we know using mediums that young learners access. Digital learning can help us re-create a culture where learning matters. A culture where following your passions means doing your own research and tapping into the collective knowledge of the community to perform your best.
That, more than anything, was the message that I shared with my two up-and-coming culinary artists. It was my responsibility to those two who were looking at Mr. Alex, in a position they’d too love to be in, to share that it was his ability to listen and try his best that got him where he was.
I hope you were listening to those goodies he was serving in addition to that pie. Awesome work Alex!