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Cooking Shows for FOOD unit

It's been so long since I've written on here. I'm so sorry! I got swamped with grad school, and the year. One of my goals this year is to blog more. I've come across so many great blogs recently, it's inspired me as a teacher, and person. I think it's the best way for us language teachers to share information, and to get new ideas. So here we go...
I just wanted to touch on a very short idea that I had  in my food unit. I LOVE Frontera restaurant in Chicago.  For my 26th birthday my family and I went there. If you go early enough, they’ll seat you that night. Anyways,  I’m a follower of Rick Bayless, and his t.v. show “Mexico: One Plate at a Time”.  So in my students food unit, I showed one of his episodes. (You can order a season here).  I’ve been trying to get away from Hollywood videos in class even though I really only used to show Selena during oral exams after our culture unit on Texas, but I’m trying to challenge myself. My students absolutely LOVED watching it. We watched one on “mole”.  It’s really cool because Rick goes to Mexico in each episode, and then shows how to cook the dishes. (Sidenote: he almost always drinks alcohol at the end–so preview!).

How I taught the lesson:
  • I googled some images of Rick Bayless to give them a visual of who he is, and why he's famous  
  • Students watched video of Mexico: One Plate at a Time
  • During video they filled out a worksheet. (Check out my TPT store for this worksheet).
  • We had a discussion as we went over the worksheet. 
**This is what I did last year, this year I'd like to show more than one episode, and I'd like to discuss it more with the kids. Maybe even make a homework assignment/extra credit where they make a dish?**

Worksheet example:

Here’s some pics of my trip to Frontera a while back:



Here's a link to my TPT store where I've uploaded the worksheets that I used. 

Thanks for following, and I'll be back soon with more ideas! 




  1. Hey,
    I love the idea of teaching food via a cooking show. I want to incorporate some clips into my food lessons this year. I'm glad I found your blog so we can share ideas back and forth :)
    la Señorita Creativa

  2. Rachel,

    Thanks for finding me! I'm so glad that our foreign language community is starting these blogs, because it's always hard to find good, meaningful lessons. I hope I can help...still working on my design! Thanks for reading!



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