Grade 7, East Harlem

With three years of experience in Edible Schoolyard NYC garden and kitchen classes, Kendell has mastered growing and cooking his own food. When he first started, he didn’t even want to try vegetables. “I thought it would taste bad,” he says. Now, at 12 years old, his favorite vegetable is broccoli and he gets excited about Harvest Soup, made with winter roots and greens, which he makes at home with his mom.

“I always try new things.”

He feels confident that he can make any recipe, and his best kitchen skill is the “bear claw” an essential hand position for knife safety. “I never used to like eating vegetables before I came here, but now I like them. I always try new things.”