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Long Island kids learned to cook at Kingsley in Manhattan

Chef Roxanne Spruance at her restaurant, Kingsley, in

Chef Roxanne Spruance at her restaurant, Kingsley, in Manhattan with Kidsday reporters from left, Claudia Pour, Luke Cronin, Joshua Haghani and Maayan Ben Yosef. Credit: newsday / Pat Mullooly

We were selected to cook with Roxanne Spruance, executive chef and owner of her own restaurant, Kingsley, in Manhattan. When we got there, Chef Roxanne gave us a tour of her restaurant and everything looked well put together and fancy! And, as if she didn’t have enough to do that day, she and her staff were preparing for a wedding that evening.

We made celeriac agnolotti with Chef Roxanne. We went to the kitchen and got out all the ingredients. After that, we took eggs and put them in the blender. Then, we put the mesquite cake in the hot oven. Next, we took thin slices of celery root, took mashed sunflower seeds, and placed them in the middle of the celery root. Then, we folded it like a burrito. We placed the celery root in the stove. Next, we made the sweet and spicy sauce. After, we cut the good leaves of a sunflower plant and placed it in a small bowl. We put olive oil in a pot and put the duck liver in to fry up. Once, it was ready we took the duck liver and put it on a plate. After that we took the cake and put it on the plate also. We went to the bar and tasted the food.

It was all really good but the duck liver tasted very weird because it was the very first time any of us had ever tried it.

We got to ask the chef questions while we ate the delicious food. Did you know she opened her very first restaurant when she was 22? She told us that she has cooked for many celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon, first lady Michelle Obama and even Tony Danza. We also found out that she won the Food Network show “Chopped” in 2013.

When Roxanne was a student at Michigan State she also played on the school’s field hockey team. We wanted to know what she would rather do, play field hockey or cook. She said, “Cooking. It’s very similar though I have to say. Restaurants are very similar to team sports because you’re all practicing and every night. You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Everybody has to work together. Basically every afternoon is like practice and then every night for dinner service is like a game. So every day you have a chance to get better and it doesn’t matter what happened the day before because each day you’re striving to do your best.”

She was so nice all day and she made us feel like real chefs. It was really fun when we got the tour and when we made the food. The best part of the day was cooking in the kitchen. Overall, we would rate the restaurant a 5 out of 5! We would like to go there again. Kingsley is located: 190 Avenue B, and you can find it online:

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