New York City

1 Minute Meal: Giving Kids a Lasting Connection to Food in the South Bronx

September 17, 2015

In just one minute, 1 Minute Meal takes us behind the scenes of a children's cooking school in New York City's South Bronx.

The food scene in New York is often known for the esteemed restaurants and chefs, the diversity of options, and the highly Instagrammable snacks in coffee shops and cafés on every corner. And that's a real part of the city's food culture—but there's a lot more to it. How do New Yorkers (all 8 million of us) eat every day? 

In just one minute, 1 Minute Meal—an award-winning micro-documentary series about the effort of cooks and diners to keep unique New York food culture alive, despite passing trends—takes us behind the scenes of a children's cooking school, Coqui the Chef, in New York City's South Bronx neighborhood. Bronx resident Tania Lopez founded the program in an effort to help kids in underserved communities establish a lasting, vibrant, and hands-on relationship with food.

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What do you believe are some of the most important lessons kids can learn in the kitchen? 

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Michaele S. September 21, 2015
Great video! It's so important to teach our children about healthy eating. I love that f52 is branching out!
Tania L. September 20, 2015
Hola! thank you so much for this wonderful article and sharing the video.
Caroline L. September 21, 2015
thank YOU, tania!
kimikoftokyo September 20, 2015
I love it. I'm from the south bronx so this makes me love you guys more!!
Caroline L. September 21, 2015
this makes me so happy. thank you!
Cheri M. September 17, 2015
Excellent idea all little poppet deserve good nourishing food. Knowledge is key the children looked really interested I think they are hooked.
amysarah September 17, 2015
Thanks for this - really interesting. And I appreciate the inclusion of a 'kid's lunch' piece that doesn't focus on the lunch box tribulations of the very lucky. School lunch (and sometimes breakfast) is the only dependable meal for so many children in America - so many important stories to tell. I hope to see more of this balance!