My daddy cooks, does your daddy?
It was a toss up as to whether this article about My Daddy Cooks should be housed in the small business ideas section of n21online or in community, which covers all sorts of good ideas to encourage people to do more stuff. Getting children interested in food, weaning them off chicken nuggets and and teaching them to cook can be a struggle, but daddy Nick makes cooking cool.
My Daddy Cooks was set up by Nick Coffer, a stay at home daddy of Archie in 2009. His story is not dissimilar to Julia & Julia, the Nora Ephron novel and film staring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, where a food blogger creates a blog which gains a huge following and becomes a business.
His story goes " I set up this blog in Novemver 2009. I had lost my business earlier that year and found myself at home as a stay-at-home dad. Although it was in many ways the worst year of my life, it was also possibly the best as I was lucky enough to spend my time with my growing toddler. The blog was initially just a creative side-project to give me something to focus on but, 18 months later, it has now become my full time activity and spawned a whole new career.
I set the blog up to simply document what and how we cook in our house. We try to eat fresh, healthy and interesting meals, using all manner of herbs, spices and ingredients, all cooked on a very modest budget".
The site has videos of Nick and Archie making tasty recipes which parents (including mums) can watch with their kids and decide what they are going to cook.
"Before setting up this blog, I had no experience of film making, nor had I ever been on television. You will also notice that our kitchen is barely big enough to swing even a toy cat in. It is not professionally equipped and I am no trained chef. But we do eat fabulously tasty meals in spite of our financial limitations and lack of space and I hope you will enjoy watching, reading – and of course making and eating – some of the dishes we eat".
The time I spend together with Archie in the kitchen is true quality time. We talk, we laugh, we make a mess, we create, we argue, we break things, we sulk. But more than anything we just have fun".
His hard work and strong concept has paid off, it has become a business, with a My Daddy Cooks cookbook published by Hodder & Stoughton.He is also presenting a weekly food show, Nick Coffer’s Weekend Kitchen, on BBC Three Counties Radio (available online if you are not in the area) and don't expect it will be look before we see Nick & Archie on TV. Move over Jamie!
Getting children interested in food, weaning them off chicken nuggets and and teaching them to cook can be a struggle, but daddy Nick makes cooking cool.