When Michael Schmitz of College Station, Texas, prepares a meal at home, he’s pouring out all his love right onto the plate.
“I like to do acts of love,” says the 17 year old. “Cooking is the best, because I get to choose what we eat and surprise my mom.”
Michael’s culinary interest was piqued five years ago, when he first took cooking lessons through the local Down Syndrome Association. He came away with a binder full of recipes and cooking skills that he uses daily. He makes breakfast for himself — scrambled eggs with ranch dressing and mustard being a favorite — and prepares breakfast and dinner for his parents when the family schedule allows.