Saturday, April 6, 2013

Kyle Imao to Mentor Kids at the Junior Culinary Workshops at the Maya Kitchen

It's not just the adults that can enroll and learn how to cook at the Maya Kitchen, kids and teens can actually enroll, too! This April and May, the Maya Kitchen will be having Culinary Workshops for kids and teens, so if you have kids, or any relatives within the age bracket and you like to make their summer productive by letting them learn how to cook, this workshop is for you... and them.

For teens aged 12 to 17, there will be two batches of workshops, one on April 16 to 19, and the other on May 14 to 17 (Tuesday to Friday) at 9am to 1pm. Teens will learn party tips, theme ideas and planning checklists to enable them to throw the best parties they can. On the final day, as a culminating activity, the students will host and cater their own themed cocktail parties and invite their friends for a party they will remember.

For the kids aged 6 to 12, there will be two batches of workshops as well, one on April 10 to 13, and another on May 7 to 10, also Tuesday to Friday, but this will start and end earlier - 8:30 am to 12:30pm. Each day of class has a different theme, and for the first batch of workshop for kids, these are the dishes for the workshop:

Day 1 (April 10): Chicken Quesadillas, Apple Empanadas, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches,
Cupcake Critters

Day 2 (April 11): Chinese Fried Rice, Crispy Wantons, White Chocolate Brownies, Chunky

Day 3 (April 12): Corned Beef Rolls, Banana Pancakes, Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Oatmeal Bars, Sausage & Tomato Pasta

Day 4 (April 13): Squash Ravioli, Black Forrest, Grilled Sandwiches

On the last day of workshop (April 13), there will be a culinary competition among the students, and the guest chef and judge is no other than Kyle Imao, who will also serve as the mentor.

Born in October 5, 1999 to couple Kim Imao and Mylene Palacios, Kyle got his culinary talents from his father, recreating mostly Asian dishes like Japanese, Indian and Thai specialties.

The soon to be 14 year old chef started cooking at the age of 7 starting with fried rice and pancakes. He then moved on to more complicated dishes and patiently learned the exacting discipline of baking.

Kyle is the grandson of National Artist for Sculpture Abdulmari Asia Imao. This early, Kyle seems to have inherited his grandfather’s artistic gifts. His creative plating had been cited by judges in the Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition.

If you're interested to know more about any of the workshops, please log on to or e-mail them at, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center with address at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. You may also call them using these numbers -  8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 and mobile No. +63947 835 2290.

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Jenn, the Foodie

I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}