I was a cooking teacher, so my children have always helped me in the kitchen from a young age. I know some parents might be nervous about children using sharp knives, but in my experience the earlier a child is exposed to the correct way of handling these items in a safe way, the better.
They sure do. Even my 2 year old helps out in ways that he can, like rolling cookie dough into balls. As they get older they can take on more responsibility. My older ones are great at making pancakes.
Yes, my son started getting very interested at 10, helping, watching in the kitchen.
He's now a Sous Chef, with Patisserie Certificates & B.Hosp.Mgt., living his dream!
Lots of hard study, but he did well & just loves it!