Bangor native stars in new online cooking show for kids

Posted Sept. 05, 2013, at 9:22 a.m.
Monica Willey explains cooking to puppets Polo and Piper in the pilot episode of Monica's Mixing Bowl, a Web cooking show for kids.
YouTube | Monica's Mixing Bowl
Monica Willey explains cooking to puppets Polo and Piper in the pilot episode of Monica's Mixing Bowl, a Web cooking show for kids.

A Bangor native is starring in a new Web show that teaches kids about food.

Monica Willey is both creator and star of Monica’s Mixing Bowl, which uses puppet characters to teach children about food with a focus on food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Willey, who studied acting at Brown University in the Trinity Repertory Company, got the idea for the show when she was babysitting, according to the show’s website.

“Baking with the kids she babysat presented a challenge — many of them had food allergies and dietary restrictions,” the website says. “Noticing there wasn’t a program to help children and families understand such issues, Monica decided to create one of her own.”

Jesse Averna, who works as an editor on Sesame Street, serves as director and editor on Monica’s Mixing Bowl.

According to her online resume, Willey is set to play Emily in a Penobscot Theatre production of “Our Town” next spring.

The first episode is available online.

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