Iron chefs are hip right now. Teaching kids how to cook is hip right now. And, the Muppets? They’ve always been hip. When you combine the three, do you get a hip video cooking series for kids?

You and your family will have to judge “The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora” and decide for yourselves. Iron Chef Cat Cora works with Angelo the Muppet (who apprenticed under the Swedish Chef) and Pepe the King Prawn to create full menus for events like birthday parties or movie nights. There are also Hasty Cooking Tips videos that can introduce kids to herbs or processes like making a quick egg white breakfast wrap.

Some of the healthier foods kids are encouraged to create are Vegetable Hummus Wraps and Nutty Apricot Oatmeal. There are also some out-of-the-ordinary recipes (at least for most kids) like Lamb Burgers with Greek Sauce and Micro Greens.

The videos are created by Disney and sponsored by Got Milk? so there’s a heavy amount of advertising (sometimes more than a full minute) before each video. Longer videos also have advertising stuck in the middle. The videos are entertaining, but finding the recipes on the website is not always easy.

If you’ve got kids who like to cook, sit down with them and watch a few of these videos to see if they inspire your small chefs. I like them because they get kids cooking with ingredients instead of just popping something from a box into the microwave and because they encourage kids to break out of their food comfort zones. I’m not so thrilled about the advertising and the difficulties in finding specific recipes or skipping from video to video.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Cooking with the Muppets and an Iron Chef
‘The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora’ aims to get kids laughing and cooking.