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Our program includes first-class instruction and lots of exploration and curated foodie tours of the greater Los Angeles area as well.  Our professional-level kitchen stocked with pro equipment creates endless possibilities. Our cooking camp feature numerous in-kitchen demos, special guests, and lots of time cooking a multitude of recipes from scratch.  Skill building and techniques taught each day contribute to making the recipes. All you need is a love of food and we have got the rest!  All skill levels accepted! A sister program to campusNYC in New York City and campusATX in Austin, TX!

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?

2022 DATES:

Session 1: June 26 – July 9, 2022

(our standard 2-week program)

Bonus 1- week session:

June 26 – July 1, 2022

(one-week long)

OUR KITCHEN

When it comes to the Summer Culinary family of programs, it always comes down to the kitchen. This is a pro level summer cooking camp with pro chefs in a pro kitchen. No hot plates or improvised set ups here!

We spend our day cooking at a professional teaching kitchen from 10am – 6pm. Packed with access to all the right equipment to create our culinary masterpieces. What will you create this summer?

We have heard a lot from our students about summer cooking camp programs they tried before; programs using hot plates and pre-made major ingredients for an hour or two per day (and they call it culinary arts?!?!)

We make all of our 100+ recipes from scratch; we have professional commercial kitchens to work in, and our staff is the best. Our campusLA kitchen is located at the Institute For Culinary Education, known to have literally the best facility in Southern California. It features the following equipment and more:

  • Refer/Prep Station
  • Freezer/Prep station
  • Tilt Kettle ‐ 12 gallon
  • Tilt Kettle ‐ 40 gallon
  • Stand Mixer ‐ 30 qt
  • Combi Steamer/Oven
  • Gas Convection Oven
  • Speed Racks
  • 6‐Burner Range Convection Base
  • Stock Burner
  • Blast Chiller
  • Convection Steamer / Smoker
  • Smoker (hot/cold)
  • Chocolate Tempering Machine
  • Granite Counter
  • Dayon Baking Oven
  • Tilting Skillet Braising Pan
  • Countertop Griddle
  • And much more!

About the dates in campusLA and the 4th of July Schedule:

Because we have access to our fabulous kitchen over the period that includes the 4th of July, our schedule is a little different than our other locations. The main concept here is, our standard one-week session includes 5 full days in the kitchen, and our standard 2-week session includes 10 full days in the kitchen (10am – 6pm). So the below schedule creates and allows for that concept to be realized across this holiday period as well! So to that end we are offering the standard 2-week session, as well as what we are calling the Bonus One-Week session for those students who choose to attend just one week.

Standard 2-week session: June 26 – July 9th (for both residential and day students)

Bonus 1- week session: June 26 – July 2nd (for both residential and day students)

Details:

Sunday June 26th: Residential Student move-in

Monday June 27 – Friday July 1st Culinary Instruction as usual

Friday July 1st: Chopped Competition (and end of Bonus Session program for students in the one-week session)

Saturday July 2nd: 2-week session students head to kitchen, One-week Residential Student pick-up 10am

Sunday July 3rd, Monday July 4th:

  • Day students: No class for our 2-week session day students.
  • Residential Students: LA travel, Rogue Squads, and destination-based fun for residential students (think Santa Monica Pier, or Walk Of Hollywood, or other premier destinations) for our 2-week residential students

Tuesday July 5 – Friday July 8: Culinary instruction as usual for both day and residential students

Friday July 8: Chopped competition, final day for 2-week day students

Saturday July 9: Residential students move-out 10am

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM AND PERKS

OUR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM: Event Nights + Exploring Los Angeles

campusLA is all about the greater Los Angeles area. At night and over the 4th of July weekend we have the opportunity to explore the best of what the are has to offer! We intend to make a fun trip to the visit the beach (of course) as well as top sites like the Observatory at Griffith Park, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign, and much much more!

Our students will be staying in a residence hall which is a 5-minute walk from the kitchen. So after the cooking day ends, we will walk back to the residences and relax, have time to clean up, and then depending on the day and the level of student interest, we will host and run our curated evening activities or go on trips to local destinations.

What makes the summer culinary program so amazing (besides our access to and use of professional-level kitchens) is of course our dedication to exploring everything LA has to offer, and in the process experience personal growth and possibility! We do the same thing at and campusATX and campusNYC!

Tacos and the beach: We love tacos. Every kind. And we love the beach. Everything about it is just so right. Our residence hall is minutes from some of the best beaches in SoCal…. and that put us minutes from some of the best tacos! We will go to the beach of course… and still make time for the best of the rest of LA no worries!

Yummy tacos we intend

Places we see as possible Rogue Squad destinations for campusLA:

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Manhattan Beach shopping and surfing
  • Griffith Park Observatory
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk
  • Hollywood
  • Universal Studios
  • Sunset Strip
  • In-and-Out Burger
  • Chinatown
  • Pink’s Hot Dogs
  • Gourmet Food Trucks
  • and just too much to list!

HOUSING

Student Housing: A 5-minute walk from the kitchen!

Our students are staying in a student housing complex located just a few minutes away from the kitchen. During the school year this venue, Providence Christian College, is a traditional urban college campus. In the summer they only house summer camps and interns. So the entire campus becomes a hub of summer camp activity!

Suite-style living: All students live in suites, with a total of 4 students in each suite. Each suite comes with a kitchenette, a living room with couches and everything, and a bathroom. This is a great opportunity to experience living with roommates, and having a space you can call your own. This is going to be fun!

On-campus amenities: We can walk over to a space called The Parlors, a campus social building with tons of couches, TVs, tables for games and fun, and a movie projector. So whenever we want, we can go hang out there together and watch movies, play games, or just hang out (which is often the students’ favorite part of camp).

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Cooking Camp: Student Testimonials

“This camp has been and always will be one of the best things I do during the summer. It is always something I look forward to and is something that I enjoy doing due to the cooking being more like it would be in a working kitchen then compared to my kitchen at my home. It allows me to grow in my knowledge and gives me the some of the tools and knowledge that I will need to go into the field of cooking. I would only miss the camp for a medical emergency or a family event, I’m not even joking, I love this camp.”

– William, age 16, Long Island, NY

“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.”

– Antoinnea, age 17, Bahamas

“My favorite thing was… everything!  I think it is a combination of the people, the chefs and the counselors.”

– Nicole, age 14, Chicago, IL

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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