Welcome to our Washington, DC cooking camp and premier culinary class for Summer 2023.

Our program is designed for food enthusiasts who want to take their skills to the next level. We offer professional-level instruction in commercial kitchens, with experienced chefs leading the way. Our kitchen is fully stocked with professional equipment, which allows for endless recipe creation opportunities. Our cooking camps feature in-kitchen demonstrations, special guests, and plenty of time to prepare a wide range of dishes completely from scratch. Each day, students will learn new techniques and skills that will help them create delicious recipes. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned chef, our program welcomes all skill levels. Join us this summer and see what you can create in our commercial kitchen with experienced chefs. All you need is a love of food, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Our residential program offers students the chance to live in a modern University campus just a short walk away from our state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. This program creates the opportunity for students to connect and bond with like-minded individuals who share a love for food. This sense of community not only enriches the learning experience but also creates lifelong friendships. Come join us this summer, bring your culinary passion, and let us help you find your culinary tribe as you create delicious dishes under the tutelage of experienced chefs.

2023 DATES:

Cooking camp in DC:

Session 1: July 9 – 15

Session 2: July 16 – 22

Session 3: July 23 – 29

Day and residential options available during all weeks!


The Summer Culinary family of programs centers on the kitchen, offering professional-level summer cooking camps led by experienced chefs in a professional-grade kitchen setting.

We make all of our recipes from scratch; we have professional commercial kitchens to work in, and our staff is the best. Our campusDC kitchen is located at the Mess Hall Kitchens, a food and culinary incubator and commercial kitchen, it is such a cool space!

Mess Hall Kitchen is located at 703 Edgewood Street NE, Washington DC 20017.

During our search for the best kitchens in the country we stumbled upon this incredible find – Mess Hall. This 10,000 sq ft facility boasts 3 shared commissary kitchens, 1 demonstration kitchen, walk-in refrigeration, collaborative offices, ample storage, and an expansive event space where food and education can come together and create once in a lifetime experiences. Our kitchen facility features state of the art variable speed hoods, energy efficient lighting, and an emphasis on recycling and reducing waste. Mess Hall’s mission and values align with Summer Culinary perfectly. We pride ourselves on being innovative and committed to creating community, and bringing food to the people. This is going to be a really excellent summer, and we can’t wait to get cooking. 

It is a true professional kitchen, and it is an 8-minute walk to our dormitory! Pro kitchens, Pro Chefs.

A view of part of our space in our Washington DC cooking camp
Another view of the facilities at our Washington DC cooking camp


Evenings in Washington DC

Trinity Washington University is our home this summer. Just an 8-minute walk from the kitchen, Trinity is our oasis, our home away from home!

What makes the summer culinary program so amazing (besides our access to and use of professional-level kitchens) is our dedication to exploring Washington DC. Trinity is a very safe and clean university. And our residential staff stay in the dorms to provide 24/7 supervision. The rooms are lovely, air-conditioned doubles.

Lovely safe housing at our Washington DC cooking camp
Ben’s Chili is a Washington DC cooking camp dream destination!

Places we see as possible Rogue Squad destinations for campusDC:

  • Famous monuments and memorials
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • National Mall
  • Much much more!


A Taste of College Life: An 8-minute walk from the kitchen!

Our students are staying at Trinity Washington University, located just a short walk away from the kitchen! Trinity Washington is full-fledged university with everything you would expect including excellent security and wonderful dorms (the parts we are most interested in!)

Trinity Washington University: 125 Michigan Ave NE Washington DC 90017

At campusDC all students will be living in air-conditioned residence halls, the same halls the college kids live in during the year. Students will be assigned doubles, and they experience a little bit about what life at College could be like! Decorate your room; bring fun lights… it’s your room!

DC Cooking Camp Dorm
DC Cooking Camp Dorm
dc cooking camp college
dc cooking camp college

On-campus Experiences:

Our residential students will have breakfast in the dining hall before they head out for the day. After a full day in the kitchen, some of our kids just want to shower and relax. Others want to take advantage of the amenities of campus like the lounges, game room and more.

There is a campus shuttle to the metro nearby, so we can jump on the train and head somewhere if we choose to! A pop-up taco food truck competition? Sounds like somewhere we would show up!

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Cooking Camps: Student Testimonials

“You come to Summer Culinary to cook, but when you leave it’s like leaving a family”

– Piper, age 13, Long Island, NY

“I had so much fun at Summer Culinary! It was amazing to connect with other students over our shared love for cooking, and the amazing chefs and counselors!! The cooking was so much fun and I learned so much! Truly a unique and incredible experience! Best camp ever!!”

– Piper, age 13, 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!

Click HERE to see the pricing details!

Pro chefs. Pro kitchens. That’s us!

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