March 8, 2021 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti; Edited by Adya Kumar
Although COVID-19 has negatively impacted many small businesses, individuals have begun to step up to promote change. Another organization that emerged during this pandemic is Cultured Kids Cuisine.
Cultured Kids Cuisine(CKC) is a non-profit organization that educates children about various cultures through food & cooking and aims to empower young women interned in business! The innovative non-profit was created by Mia Kotikovski, a college freshman at StonyBrook University in New York City planning to study with a premed track. Mia’s biggest passion, however, is cooking and sharing her love of cooking with other people.
About a year ago, she started a freelance cooking service in hospitals to help bring her passion, cooking, to children and educate them! Unfortunately, when COVID-19 hit, many small businesses, like Mia’s, were restricted to “normally” function and operate. Instead of backing out, she then created Cultured Kids Cuisine to educate children worldwide about cooking and food by holding weekly, virtual classes! Mia says COVID-19 actually positively impacted CKC because she now has “interns around the world and chapters across the globe with flexible schedules”.
During their interactive cooking classes, participants will learn how to cook dishes from around the world but also get educated about the history and culture of the dish while cooking. As for a general cooking class, the “culinarians” (instructors) will teach the children how to cook the dish live, educate them about culture, and have some kind of fun, prize-winning games at the end! For more information on these classes and the signup, visit their website and Instagram page for more updates. Apart from the classes, they also have interesting and easy-to-read educational blogs on their site about food and culture, food around the world, and their own culture. Check them out here!
To add to this wonderful mission, CKC also has an inspirational secondary mission to empower women and girls interested in the realm of business and entrepreneurship by having an all-female team, exclusive events, a plethora of internship opportunities, and more! If you’re a female interested in the field of entrepreneurship or business, we strongly recommend that you consider applying to be an intern for CKC! They currently have over 120+ female interns and want to expand their network and platform. Being a part of the unique internship experience also allows you to network with other interns, connect with business professions, attend empowering seminars, and more! If interested in being an intern, apply here!
A mini excerpt from the interview with the CEO of CKC, Mia Kotikovski, asked by Haarika Kalahasti, the Founder of The Bizz USA.
Q: What has been your biggest reward and challenge?
A: “My biggest reward was definitely launching my cooking classes. It was so much much fun just watching the children cook happily and gain knowledge at the same time. Seeing how happy they are is extremely rewarding and fills my heart with so much joy and emotion. My biggest challenge with CKC was getting it off its feet and creating a team. Creating a team is so important because you need to build a team of people who support you and your mission to run smoothly. It’s always challenging finding the right people, but once you do, it’ll all be good. "
Q: If you had to give advice to aspiring, young entrepreneurs, and business owners, what advice would you give?
A: “My biggest advice would be to just do it. If you start overthinking something, you start thinking about the risks and create excuses to actually do it. Being young, you’re able to risk more than someone older and have a lot more lee weight. Sometimes when you’re younger and don’t know as much, it’s better because you don’t know the risks. Just start and don’t look back. And if you fail, you move on and move on quickly and start something new.”
The Bizz USA recommends that you check out Cultured Kids Cuisine and get involved! Their passion for cooking, educating children, and empowering women is something the world needs a bit more of, and it’s impressive to see young leaders like Mia Kotikovski make a difference!
Find them here!
Eventbrite (Upcoming Cooking Classes Schedule)