Raddish | Our Story

Our Story

Raddish comes to you from the creators of Kitchen Kid, the leading provider of edible education throughout Los Angeles! 

Our dynamic team of teachers and chefs have been leading Kitchen Kid's deliciously fun summer camps, after-school classes, parties, and in-home lessons since 2006.  Our popular summer camps won Red Tricycle's 2013 Most Awesome Camp Award! And you can watch Kitchen Kid founder, Samantha Barnes, as the Safety Expert for the Fox hit show, MasterChef Junior

Kitchen Kid believes edible education is the essential ingredient to raising healthy, happy children. For over 7 years, our team has delighted to see learning come alive in the kitchen classroom, where kids mix math, simmer science, and taste fun! Raddish adapts Kitchen Kid’s proven techniques, engaging lessons, and delightful recipes and packages them for your home kitchen.  

 

Our Inspiration 

 

At Raddish, we believe two of the greatest gifts you can give your children are a love and appreciation of good food, and a childhood enjoyed at the family table.  Over the last 20 years, picky eating has be come rampant, parents have turned into short-order cooks, and family mealtime has declined 30%. 

With Raddish, we want to change all this. Why?

  Kids are much more eager to eat a meal they helped prepare -- fruits, veggies, and whole grains included.

  Kids who are empowered in the kitchen cultivate a diverse palate.

  Culinary education inspires self confidence, fosters independence, and instills an appreciation of where food originates.

  The kitchen supports academic and cultural pursuits -- we think it's the tastiest place to learn!

Our Founder, Samantha Barnes

Samantha is committed to changing the way kids and families eat. As a middle school teacher, Samantha realized many of her students were young foodies, yet they lacked kitchen experience and made unhealthy lunch choices. Samantha launched Kitchen Kid, LLC in 2006 with the hope of empowering young people to jump into the kitchen and get cooking!

Since then, Samantha has grown Kitchen Kid to be the premier mobile culinary school for kids and families in the Los Angeles area. Offerings include in-home lessons and birthday parties, after-school enrichment classes in 30 schools, and deliciously fun summer camps.

Samantha and Kitchen Kid have been featured in Daily Candy, the Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, and on NPR. Recently she served as a safety consultant and recipe contributor on the new Fox hit show, MasterChef Junior, and her summer camps received the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award for Best Camp in Los Angeles.

Samantha was destined for a career in food and teaching: her first word was “olive,” and she has taught kids in the classroom, on stage, and on the ski slopes. She has vivid memories of making meatloaf and gingersnap cookies alongside her mom. Samantha is a graduate of Bowdoin College -- coincidentally the top rated college dining hall in the country! 

Samantha knows all about multi-tasking: she juggles running a business while being the mom of a 3 ½ year old daughter and a 1 year son. Thus, she believes the kitchen and the table are some of the best places to connect with her kids in a meaningful way. She cooks with her daughter regularly, and her family eats dinner together nightly. Through Raddish, Samantha hopes families everywhere will share in these simple pleasures.   She loves entertaining friends – when the kids run around the yard barefoot, and everyone enjoys good food, good company, and lots of laughter. 

Samantha believes learning to cook as a child inspires a lifelong pursuit of healthful eating, and that meals made together always taste better! She is passionate about teaching kids to cook, and encouraging families to eat together.

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