The VegeCooking Story
There is an epidemic in this country of kids, teens, and adults not getting enough nutrition or eating their vegetables and it's harming our health and the planet.
Obesity-related illnesses consisting of heart disease, autoimmune issues, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the top causes of preventable, premature death. In fact, heart disease is how I lost my own dad when he was swimming his daily laps, and my daughter suffered from a diet-related autoimmune issue.
How we can help
Our goal is to change that through healthy, delicious, recipes taught in hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, private classes, and sustainable products that offer a simple solution.
How it works
Visit our registration page to find out what classes are available for enrollment. If you don’t see anything in your area, contact us, we’ll do our best to find something that will work.
How VegeCooking is different
In the elementary classroom, kids learn new skills through a unique team structure, partnered with themed, self-directed centers that help students learn more about the recipe. They’re working together to create and learn through doing instead of direct instruction.
Teens and adults discover how easy and delicious eating healthy can be through a distinctive blend of simple food preparation skills, nutrition education, and personal story.
Our portable kitchen is brought directly to your location where we can whisk, chop, bake, sauté and even roast!
Team of rock stars
It’s not me that creates the magic for the kids – it’s our super-awesome, passionate group of culinary educators.
Each of our teachers brings something unique to the table - teaching, cooking, travel, gardening, permaculture and even ecoliteracy experience. They're all food safe handling certified, trained in fire safety, and trained in classroom management. Together we create the activities and curriculum and each culinary educator is an integral part of the program.
We hope you love the classes!
“This program has been life changing for our family. Jack is trying new things and always wants to help more in the kitchen.”
– Brandie, VegeCooking Mom
We love plant foods!
We teach kids, teens and adults to LEARN to cook and LOVE their veggies.
Learn the life-skill of cooking, though hands-on practice. Discover how to live in a sustainable manner - in harmony with the earth.
One day we'll see children and families choosing fresh fruits and vegetables because they know the benefits. They will have the skills they need to prepare delicious, healthful foods to nourish their bodies. They'll be stewards of our earth and be able to grow and enjoy healthy food.
1/3 of American Kids are Overweight or Obese
This is caused by "behaviors that influence excess weight gain [which] include eating high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages, not getting enough physical activity, sedentary activities such as watching television or other screen devices, medication use and sleep routines." (Source-CDC)
Kids that are overweight at ages 10-13 have an 80% chance of becoming obese adults. (Source-CDC)
This can lead to a life of chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer and depression.
Giving ALL kids a chance at health
Regardless of whether our children are overweigh tor not, shouldn’t they all have the opportunity to learn to eat healthfully?
According to a PubMed study from the National Institute for Health, “Findings suggest that cooking programs may positively influence children’s food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviors.”
We all know we should be eating healthy - so why the heck is it so hard? Let me make it easy for you! I love helping people LEARN to cook and LOVE their veggies - but it's gotta be simple and delicious because no one wants to eat yucky food that takes forever.
Hi! I'm Dawn Hutchins, the founder of VegeCooking LLC - Healthy cooking classes for kids, teens and adults since 2016. We bring the kitchen to you! After-school enrichment, summer camps, corporate, birthdays, Girls and Boy Scouts, The Boys & Girls Clubs, adult and teen classes and more.
Want to start your own purpose-driven business? VegeCooking offers licensing opportunities!
I have over ten years of experience in recipe development, cooking demonstrations, and healthy event planning. I'm passionate about learning about produce varietals, seasonal vegetables, commercial and organic farming, permaculture, publishing and creation of digital products, services and programs. I’ve published four books and multiple eBooks.
What else? I'm a mom, wife, entrepreneur, yoga lover, and camping enthusiast that considers herself forever a student. I love learning, taking classes and always striving to be better.
BS Sociology, Florida State University
Certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell foundation
Certified Nutritional Therapist with a focus in epigenetics through the Health Sciences Academy in London
Certified Veggiecator Educator – evidence based, culinary-nutrition education program supported by the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.