Teaching kids to cook early has lifelong benefits

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Josh Pathman is usually in class, trying to earn a white coat, but these days, the second-year med student at Wake Forest Baptist is holding class in another white coat. The kids call him "Chef Josh."

"As med students, we're encouraged to give back and help out. Some people draw, some people paint, some play sports. I create with food, my love has always been cooking while I was growing up," said Pathman as he laughingly remembers his parents as not being overly enthusiastic chefs. "I started fiddling around in the kitchen when I was 5 or 6 years old. If I wanted something good to eat, I had to make it, so I did."

Pathman loves creating fresh, wholesome food and that's why he's teaching a five-day Summer Culinary Class at the Brenner Fit Kitchen at the William G. White, Jr Family YMCA. The students range in age from 11 to 14 years old. The idea is kids are much more likely to eat what they make and his mission is to get kids excited about home cooked, healthy meals.

"The kids get excited, then they go home and share with their parents and then all of a sudden they're connecting and having fun making meals together and working together towards a common goal of trying new foods," Pathman says.

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