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Lesson Plan

  • Made by cooking camp students: delicious veggie lasagna. Yum!

2 Locations. 1 curriculum.

Pro chefs. Pro Kitchens.

Our cooking camps program is designed for all skill levels. We have had newbies and we have had kids go on to win Chopped Junior right after attending our program. Come as you are, we got you from there! All you need is a love of food and a desire to learn.


Our students get formal classroom time in addition to their kitchen time each day.  This enables our students to learn and get formal training on concepts, skills, and techniques:

  • Knife Skills and Safety
  • Kitchen Safety rules – ‘call it out!’
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Label Reading / Deciphering
  • Ingredients / Substitution
  • Kosher, Vegetarian, and Vegan Alternatives
  • Plating
  • Saucing
  • Presentation

Demonstrations and Special Guests at each location:  We have had food bloggers, food photographers, and other experts talk to us at our cookings camps about their craft and how to achieve the best possible results in all aspects (including posting awesome pictures on social media!)  Check back or even better call or email us for the latest info on who is visiting, we are adding events all the time. Visit us at campusNYC and campusLA.

FINAL FRIDAYS: Our TV-style Competition

At the end of each session of culinary arts summer class we have a TV-style cooking competition on the last day, Friday afternoon.  If you watch the shows, you know what we mean!  Who will chop their way to victory this summer?

The competition in our culinary arts summer class is all in good fun, and students are placed in teams and tasked to make any appetizer, main course and dessert from the curriculum across the two weeks. Judges can include local chefs, foodies, food bloggers, and more.  Students work in teams and choose the recipes they want to present to the judges.

Parents/families are invited to attend and will get to sample all the recipes!  We will send out info on this in your welcome pack don’t worry.  It is the last Friday of each session, at the kitchen, arrive around 4:00PM.

Chimichurri steak for the judges
Chimichurri steak for the judges at our cooking camps

Sample winning recipes – all made from scratch by students:

Savory: Pan-seared plantains stuffed with chorizo and caramelized onions topped with avocado crema over lime and cilantro arugula

Savory: Blue-cheese butter-stuffed pan-seared chicken with quinoa and carrots drizzled with cherry-dark chocolate sauce

Pastry: Cherry clafoutis with a chocolate ganache and whipped cream garnish.  Served with lightly spiced donut with an apple filling and an apple cider glaze and fresh peach sorbet.

Making pastry treats for the judges
Making pastry treats for the judges at our cooking camps