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Welcome to Summer Culinary in Austin, TX

Join us in Austin this summer! Our curriculum is the same.. the host city is the difference! Our dorm, host campus and Austin vibe are the perfect accent to our awesome kitchen work!

Our students come from all over the USA and from all over the world. They love food and want to build their skills. We create endless possibilities in the kitchen! What do you want to create this summer? What skill are you looking to develop and grow? What will you make of your summer?

SUMMER 2022 Dates:

Session 1: July 10 – 16, 2022

Session 2: July 17-23, 2022

Attend Either OR Both Sessions!


This program is open to all students between the ages 12 – 17. While experience is suggested, it is not required. Our biggest requirement is a love of food, and a desire to learn culinary arts!


When it comes to the Summer Culinary family of programs, it always starts with the kitchen. This is the premier summer cooking camp: pro chefs in a pro kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart and soul of our program and in Austin we have a great professional kitchen in a fantastic new commercial kitchen called Ghostline Kitchens. As always at Summer Culinary, a pro kitchen staffed by pro chefs is the recipe for a graet experience! At Ghostline we will have access to:

Kitchen Equipment at campusATX (partial list):

  • Stainless Steel work tables
  • 40‐gallon steam‐jacketed kettle
  • Tilt skillets
  • Smoker
  • Steamer
  • Candy stoves
  • Fryers
  • Six‐burner stoves
  • Convection ovens
  • Speed Racks
  • Griddles
  • 60 and 20 Quart MIxers
  • Double Stack Ovens
  • Charbroilers


Event Nights and Rogue Squads

One of the best parts about our program is all of the fun we have when we aren’t in the kitchen. For our residential students, this mean exploring the Austin community and surrounding area. Check out this gallery of fun pics from last summer! Our goal is to seek out the fun, safe cool stuff to do… when we aren’t sitting by the pool that is!

Event Nights are when we as a group go to one awesome destination together!

Roque Squads: Our students created the term “Rogue Squads”. That is when our students break into small pods – with a counselor in each pod – and they form a squad and they go out on missions that THEY create.

Austin has become one of the coolest cities in the world. Come see why!

Most of our nights are chosen organically and are student-driven. So whatever is cool, whatever is happening, whatever the students want… if its awesome (and reasonable and safe) then we are THERE! Movies or live bands in the park, festivals, food fairs, street tacos, food trucks… the river… live music…

Last summer the best part of the program (other than the kitchen work of course) was the chance the students got to make new firends, with like-minded interests, and to spend some amazing time together. Plus, learning these life skills in this kind of accelerated environment makes a huge difference!

Food Trucks

The Food Truck revolution lives in Austin! Maybe because the trucks go to very cool spots where lots of people are up to amazing things…. and talking to the operators, seeing what they make, swapping tips and recipes…. this is a required trip during the day for our Texas cooking camp! We also do an exercise in the kitchen where we invent our own food truck concept so this counts as market research!

Barton Springs

Austin is in Hill Country Texas. A really great physical landscape with lots of water features, lakes and rivers and there’s great places to swim and float and get away from it all you feel us? We are going to visit Barton Springs pools too its just a fantastic place!

Franklin BBQ – a certain Rogue Squad stop

The whole program is authored by the students. Rogue Squads are a result of that philosophy. The staff create a culture of joy and connection, and we start over from nothing each session. We don’t have inside jokes from the previous sessions or summers… we create new ridiculous and funny environments newly each day, each session. We are out to create growth and friendship among the students and even if that sounds hokey, what that looks like is kids coming by themselves and leaving as part of a community which stays in touch over the years. Cooking camp friends are often long-term friends too because the kids have similar outlooks and predilections. Camp is life accelerated and we take it to the max! Our students get to grow, connect and take a look into their future.

Shopping on South Congress

Our students will have the chance to pick up unique Texas finds, souvenirs, tasty snacks and funky cool shops when we make our way to South Congress. This area has all the quirkiest shops and a ton that you already know. It’s a great place to grab some Amy’s Ice Cream, try on the most fun cowboy boots ever, and relax with a little retail therapy.

Zilker Park

This is the “Central Park” of Austin. The hub where it is all happening, Kite Festivals, sports of every kind, and plenty of space to roam. We like to bring a frisbee, volleyball, or even just a blanket and a book to Zilker Park to hang out and get some sunshine. In the summer there are always fun (free!) outdoor events at Zilker Park and we can’t wait to see what they are cooking for this summer!

We keep our eye on the posted schedule to see if there is a pop-up event that can work for our schedule… there’s lots of fun things that happen in Austin


Our students and staff are staying in a luxurious private university housing development serving high-end students just off the UT campus called Hardin House.

They say: “Hardin House’s trademark is a reputation of performance.  This is why people want to be a part of the privileged and talented group of residents who appreciate and enjoy the fruits of that philosophy.”

The property features numerous outdoor pools as well as social spaces, tv lounges, computer labs, gardens, patios, terraces and much more. It’s a lovely safe clean high-end and secure place in the middle of the action yet secluded and secure. We love it!

Last summer our kids spent a lot of time at the pools and in the main building, which we took over! This really was the heart and center of the program for our residential kids. They got to just hang out with other kids who love to cook and are basically awesome actually. Be the main character, try on a new future now at our cooking camp in Austin because honestly, last summer was just about as much fun as any of us could have imagined! It was the time in the dorm, new roommates, just hanging out, that after all was said and done may just have been the best part…. and thats saying a heckuva lot!

Everybody gets a cool room at our cooking camp Texas style!
Movie room and lots of spots to chill after hours!
Cool lounges for hanging out with lots of stuff to do!
Workout rooms and other spaces we can use and explore on our down time!
Several outdoor pools are around for our use!

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Cooking Camp: Student Testimonials

“My favorite thing about campusATX was the general experience of what it’s like to work in a professional culinary setting”

– 2021 campusATX student

“I liked that everyone was able to be friends with each other, including the counselors.”

– 2021 campusATX student

“I love the fact that it felt like a real cooking camp rather than a camp that says “Today we are going to make chocolate chip cookies”. There were real skills being taught and learned.”

– Summer Culinary student

“The movie and the Barton Springs were my favorite because they gave me a chance to see Austin and the city”

– 2021 campusATX student

Summer Culinary:  America’s top cooking camp

This program is open to all students between the ages 12 – 17. While experience is suggested, it is not required. Our biggest requirement is a love of food, and a desire to learn culinary arts!

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Pro chefs. Pro kitchens. That’s us!

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