Chef, 10, cooks his menu for online fame

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Spinning a 2-kilogram wok over a searing flame while swinging a ladle to the beat of pop music, 10-year-old Sun Jiarui circles the kitchen like a veteran chef.

Sun, a fourth-grade student at a primary school in Wuxi City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, can cook more than 50 delicacies, which is no small feat even for an adult. .

Short videos of the young cooking star have gone viral, as netizens marvel at her jaw-dropping cooking skills. She has garnered over 830,000 subscribers and 9 million likes on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, with her music videos amassing up to 40 million views.

“My daughter just grew up in the kitchen,” says Sun Yadong, who is also the owner and chef of a farmhouse restaurant in Wuxi. “She started helping with the housework around 4 or 5 years old, and when she was 8 she asked me to teach her how to cook after school.

“It’s not bad for her to master some practical life skills, so that she can take better care of herself when she grows up,” added Sun Yadong. He shot a few videos of his daughter’s learning process and posted them online, but didn’t expect them to become smash hits.

“It was out of curiosity at first, but little by little I fell in love with cooking,” says Jiarui. “It gives me a strong sense of accomplishment.”

She also became a teacher in her school’s cooking class. The Ministry of Education recently released a document indicating that education on practical labor skills will be incorporated into the curriculum of primary and secondary schools in China from the fall semester of this year, with the aim of encouraging students to participate in the work of daily life.

“We have set up a cooking studio at the school and Sun Jiarui is one of the instructors,” said school principal Li Hua, noting that Jiarui will teach his classmates how to make simple dishes like poached eggs and fried potato slices.

“It’s a good thing for students to experience the joy of cooking and the fruits of their labor,” Li says. “It will ultimately help them cultivate their passion for life.”

“I hope the course will give us more practical opportunities to master basic life skills and share the burden with our parents,” Jiarui says.

Besides essential skills such as cooking and housekeeping, the MOE program is also designed to enrich their knowledge and skills in production work and services.

“Through learning and experience, students will develop a respect for work, the ability to innovate and apply what they learn in real life, and a sense of social responsibility” , says the MOE.

Many netizens also hailed the life skills program and expressed their support for the move.

“This is what school is supposed to be like,” read one user’s comment online.

Xinhua

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