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“Cooking in the Classroom” Video Lessons Available

Series Focuses on Math and Science in the Kitchen

Chefs Hazelton and Carissa in their kitchens

SCOE culinary instructors Stephen Hazelton and Carissa Jones are helping culinary students keep learning despite COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

The impact of school closures in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has kept students and families at home for months. To help keep culinary students learning and engaged, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has partnered with the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) to produce a series of video cooking lessons aimed at keeping students culinary skills sharp.

In the “Cooking in the Classroom” videos, SCOE culinary instructors Stephen Hazelton (Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School) and Carissa Jones (El Centro Jr./Sr. High School) take students step by step through family-friendly recipes designed to try at home. The chefs use scientific terms and explanations of various ingredients and processes. They enforce math skills by weighing, measuring, and calculating ingredients and portions.

Video Lessons

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies—Investigate the effects of leavening, emulsification, and the Maillard Reaction.
    (Also airs on Comcast Channel 16/Consolidated 22/U-Verse 99: May 22 at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Corn Tortillas—Learn about masa harina and nixtamalization.
  • Pizza—Learn about activation and fermentation as you make dough.
  • Ricotta Cheese—Find out about lactose, whey, and curds.
  • Wonderful World of Eggs—Make discoveries about coagulation, emulsion, nappe, and more.
    (Also airs on Comcast Channel 16/Consolidated 22/U-Verse 99: May 21 at 8:30 a.m.)

Videos point families to a cooking videos page, where they can download recipes and handouts related to the cooking lessons.

Additional Resources

Due to the school closures related to COVID-19, SCOE is providing a collection of resources as a public service for students, families, and school districts. The collection includes remote learning resources by subject and a growing catalog of SCOE-produced supplemental enrichment videos. New videos are being added regularly, and many are also being broadcast on cable television by SCOE’s partner, the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC).