In this 5-day Culinary Academy, students will be introduced, hands-on, to all the aspects of the kitchen. They'll learn about kitchen equipment, safety, knife skills, and hygiene. Then the real fun begins as each camper will make their own foods like pizza, tacos, and the 5 mother sauces. We'll have a day of flavor dynamics where we focus on tasting and understanding the foundations of flavor. On the last day things will heat up with a secret ingredient competition!
Classes are five consecutive days (Mon-Fri). Each class is two hours (11am-1pm).
Classes are limited to 12 students with one Chef Instructor and two support staff.
Each student cooks individually at their own cook top/prep station. No groups.
Every student will learn every aspect, not just bits and pieces. Hands-on learning.
Every day, campers will cook a full meal, and usually have leftovers to take home!
Monday - Kitchen Skills 101
Students begin their Culinary Camp adventure learning about kitchen equipment, kitchen safety, hygiene, and culinary terminology. Chef will lead campers through making pizza dough. Then, each student will make their own pan-grilled pizzas, one savory and one sweet. As a bonus students will learn different ways to tie dough so they can make their own pizza knots at home!
Tuesday - Knife Skills 101
Look sharp and be safe! Campers will learn how to safely use a knife to chop, dice, and julienne. Today's menu features tacos with all the accompaniments. Students will use their knife skills to prep all the ingredients themselves. Chef will talk about the many herbs and spices used in Latin cooking. Then its time to put together the tacos and top with the self-made salsa. Campers will cut up mangos for a sweet treat.
Wednesday - 5 Mother Sauces
The 5 Mother Sauces are the backbone of any good chef, essential to making all your favorite meals. Here campers will learn the foundations of really good cooking and are taught to explore their creative side. Stock, roux, bechamel, veloute, espagnole, tomate, hollandaise, oh my! Each camper makes their own alfredo sauce to be enjoyed with pasta. Balanced with a salad and self-made vinaigrette with fruit on the side.
Thursday - Flavor Dynamics Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Sour, and Umami. We all know what they taste like, but do we know how to balance and combine them into amazing dishes every time? Probably not. That's what this class is about. Students will train their palates to taste each of these individually, and how they interact when used with each other and on meats and vegetables. We'll also cover how to use different sources of salt, acids, fats, herbs, and spices that come from many cultures around the world. The canvas will be noodles, and we're going to paint them with flavor!
Friday - Secret Ingredient Competition
The heat is on and the pressure mounts as its time to put your skills to the test! At The Learning Kitchen Kids Camp everyone is a winner, but one camper will be crowned king! The pantry will be stocked and the stage will be set, then 3 secret ingredients will be revealed and the young chefs will have to use everything they've learned to wow the judges. Chef will offer guidance and answer any questions to help students make their best effort. The judge will be paying attention to taste, technique, creativity, and presentation. The King of the Kitchen will be awarded a prize!
Mise en Place
Herb & Spice identification
Comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes, and long hair pulled back is recommended.
Parents/guardians may stay for the duration of the class, but are encouraged to sit back, relax, and let the campers work independently.