I can and have been cooking since I was 5-6 years old. I was never the kid who destroyed the kitchen trying to make pancakes or too cook a waffle and while kids should never use the stove without supervision I turned out just fine. Now pancakes and waffles or even eggs are very basic for me and I can cook practically anything. My dad got sick about a year ago and since he was always the cook I took his place and used his recipes with my own twists. Very high top stuff like things you would see in 4 star resturaunts as well.