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'You can do your thing with it': Program cooks up life lessons for teenage girls

Posted at 7:22 AM, Jun 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 08:03:31-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An initiative for teenage girls on the far east side is giving them a taste of what life has to offer through the culinary arts.

Chef Felicia Grady has been cooking all her life and operates a catering company called Plate It Up, but that's not all she serves these days.

"As long as I can remember, I have always cooked. Then I went to culinary school," Grady said. "I am a former culinary instructor at Second Helpings, and a lot of adult people don't cook anything and I was amazed."

Now, instead of just spicing up customer's lives with her tasty creations, she teachers others how to cook and some teenagers are getting a taste.

Grady said she understands cooking might be the end-all-be-all for some, but it's also a great gateway to greatness wherever the girls choose to go.

"It'll also give them a sense of I really like this or I don't like this," Grady said. "You can do whatever you want to do with this. It's your thing. You can do your thing with it."

Watch the video in the player above to learn more.