Junior League brings international cuisine, renowned chef to Virgo

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Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch helps students at D.C. Virgo prepare Asian-inspired dishes as part of the Junior League of Wilmington's Kids in the Kitchen program. Photo courtesy Junior League of Wilmington.
Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch helps students at D.C. Virgo prepare Asian-inspired dishes as part of the Junior League of Wilmington’s Kids in the Kitchen program. Photo courtesy Junior League of Wilmington.

Some local students recently got a taste of international cuisine with the help of renowned culinary expert Keith Rhodes.

The Junior League of Wilmington held its Kids in the Kitchen event at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy last week.

Under the theme of “Passport Asia,” Rhodes, owner and chef at Catch Restaurant and a former contender on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” helped Junior League volunteers lead food preparation demonstrations, games and activities.

The goal of Kids in the Kitchen, organizers said, is to combat childhood obesity by promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“The Kids in the Kitchen program is an international initiative that honors the Junior League’s long heritage of impact on family nutrition for over 100 years,” Junior League of Wilmington president Alison Baringer said. “This family-friendly event focuses on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, which are so important to the growth and development of our children.”

While there, Rhodes, a self-taught chef, also shared with students his personal pathway to career success, telling them, “if you continue to work hard at your dream, doors will open for you and people will show up to help you.”

As part of Kids in the Kitchen, students and their families learned about eastern exercise options, with some instruction from Wilmington Yoga Center and Coastal Martial Arts.