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Meet Kid Foodies, or "Koodies"

Koodies: So Hot Right Now

Meet the biggest buzzword in the food world this minute: koodies. No, I'm not referring to the term we used prolifically as fourth graders; I'm talking about kid foodies. Food trend analyst Phil Lempert, also known as the Supermarket Guru, coined the term to refer to children with an "ardent or refined interest in food" or "an unusual, sometimes fanatic, desire to eat unusual foods."

The term may be brand-new, but the idea of kids with refined palates has been on the horizon for a while. Remember Greg Grossman, who catered in the Hamptons? Or David Fishman, who dined alone at 12? Let's not forget Julian Kreusser, the 5-year-old with a cooking show. They're all poster children for the term "koodie."

Do you have any koodies in your life? Do you respect their precocious appreciation for food — or do you find it to be obnoxious?

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Pampire Pampire 7 years
My 11 year old will eat anything! He's always willing to try something new and he loves to cook he practically begs to help with dinner every night, its a good way to get him to do his homework every evening because if he finishes in time then he gets to help me cook. My six year old is the total opposite he won't try anything new, hates veggies, he is very very picky, he's strictly a meat eater, but he does like to help in the kitchen although he won't taste what he's helped me cook.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
I've never seen the tv show so can't speak on being annoying but I know my 2 year old is becoming fascinated with food prep and loves to help me (as he can). I am going to foster this cuz I think it's great to know how to cook as you grow up and to respect food, etc.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 7 years
Ugh. As if the term 'foodie' wasn't detestable enough, now there is an even more asinine word out there to describe kids who basically just eat the way they should be eating. Why oh WHY does there have to be a stupid new term for everything?!?!?!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Koodie? Gimme a break; why not just refer to them as what they that eat real food instead of the beige, highly-processed crap that passes for "kid food" these days. If parents would just give their kids normal food, even interesting/strange foods, I'm sure we wouldn't have to coin some new stupid term for it. Since when do kids have to eat differently than adults do?
mek123 mek123 7 years
Agree with the others, don't like the term "koodie" and never knew I could market my kid just because he liked to eat and cook unusual foods. I thought it was just part of growing up.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I'm with you Joe. I'm all for kids expanding their palates. but come on! Enough with all the new labels and terms and phrases. Worse than this though are the annoying parents who go one and on " Oh, my Cody only like South African Blue oysters with his wilted microgreens in a French balsamic glaze..." Yes, and yesterday your Cody was screaming about McNuggets too.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I appreciate youngsters who like food. But there's no way I'm using that ridiculous word.
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