Cricket Azima is a dynamic professional chef who specializes in cooking for and with children. She is the Big Cheese of The Creative Kitchen -‐ a company that teaches children and families through food and cooking, founded in 2001. In addition to classes and events, The Creative Kitchen also produces the Kids Food Festival, an annual weekend of events, programmed with the assistance of the James Beard Foundation, that educates families on how to make balanced food choices. The 2016 Kids Food Festival in NYC boasted 20,000 attendees. The Creative Kitchen partnered with the Association of Children’s Museums to launch the pilot Kids Food Festival To-‐Go tour, an abridged version of the Kids Food Festival offered as a series of one-‐day events at ten children’s museums throughout the country in Spring 2017.
Cricket also developed Everybody Can Cook, a curricula for the special needs community, featuring adaptations for various physical and developmental abilities. She works with a variety of food companies, offering services including spokesperson, recipe development and testing, freelance writing, teaching, family outreach, blogging, creating webisodes, special events, and consulting. Cricket has a professional culinary degree from The Institute of Culinary Education, and developed her teaching philosophy while pursuing her Master's degree in Food Studies and Food Management at New York University (NYU).
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