Little kids garbed in white double-breasted chef jackets paired with red and yellow aprons and colorful toques smeared themselves with flour as they busily kneaded dough with their fingers.
They flattened the dough using wooden rollers before putting sauce and cheese and toppings to create their very own pizza masterpiece.
Saturday’s “Little Chef, Big Chef” cooking class at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa was a happy chaos of clumsy hands and inquisitive children’s voices (speaking mostly Korean) asking for more instructions.
On the sidelines are the parents, just as excited as the kids and happily snapping pictures, who helped translate Acqua Italian Chef Massi Ascione’s biddings.
Shangri-La, an upmarket beachfront resort in Mactan, makes weekends more exciting for families and kids with two family-oriented activities: the Little Chef, Big Chef class and Funch or fun lunch at Tides Restaurant.
The cooking class begins at 10 a.m. every Saturday and is open to children four to 12 years old, whether in-house or day use guests of the resort, said Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa communications executive Monica Tan.
She added that the Little Chef, Big Chef rate is P1,500 per child and comes with a shirt and group photo. Chef Massi handles the cooking class, which starts with the children coloring and decoring their toques or chef’s hats.
Since the class can only accept a maximum of 25 kids, those interested in joining the cooking activity must register a day ahead, according to Shangri-La communications executive Fiona Escandor.
Funch at Tides
Another resort offering every Saturday is Funch or fun lunch at Shangri-La’s Tides Restaurant.
Funch is a new resort promo geared towards families, said Escandor. It includes a buffet lunch with a wide selection of Filipino and international dishes, entertainment, and some activities for kids. Last Saturday’s funch had in-house entertainers going from table to table to sing to guests.
Aside from having a wide selection of desserts featuring minion characters to choose from, children also get to make their own minion cupcakes.
Escandor said funch is at P2,080 net per person and is open to in-house and walk-in guests.