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Culinary Arts Find a Class

CULINARY ARTS

Kids love getting their hands messy in the kitchen. There are plenty of healthy and tasty recipes that your aspiring chef will love learning to master. 

 
COOKING TOGETHER | Ages 2 - 3
Leave the mess to us! This playful shared experience with a parent or guardian is led by a professional preschool teacher and encourages young cooks to get messy with a sensory rich experience exploring color, texture and taste. Through a hands-on experience, young palates are inspired to try what they create and become more nutritious and adventurous eaters! Families take home an artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to continue the fun in their own kitchen!

MINI CHEFS | Ages 3 - 5 
Is your little helper curious about the kitchen? Let them explore and leave the mess to us! Young cooks will roll up their sleeves to explore color, texture, taste and science while working with a professional preschool teacher. Through a hands-on experience, young palates are inspired to try what they create and become more nutritious and adventurous eaters! Participants take home a sample of what they cooked up each day and receive their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to continue the fun in their own kitchen!

MINI BAKERS | Ages 3 - 5
Let’s bake up some fun! Young bakers will work with a professional preschool teacher to create tasty sweet and savory recipes that require a bit of math and science. Through a hands-on experience, young palates are inspired to try what they create and become more nutritious and adventurous eaters! Participants take home a sample of what they baked up each day and receive their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to continue the fun in their own kitchen!

PRESCHOOL COOKING OUT OF SCHOOL DAYS | Ages 3 - 6
Preschool cooking out of school days combine cooking, visual art and sensory play into a day of fun-filled learning! The cooking themed curriculum utilizes an engaging and creative STEAM integrated learning approach, developing life skills including fine and gross motor, science, math, sequencing, team work and much more! Campers take home their art work, a hand crafted recipe book plus a sample of what they “cooked up” to share their experience beyond the kitchen! Participants must be 3 years old and potty-trained by the start date. Register now >>

JR. BAKERY BOSS | Grades K - 2
Let’s bake up some fun! Young bakers will work with a professional cooking instructor in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen to create tasty sweet and savory recipes that require a bit of math and a lot of food science. Through a hands-on experience, young palates are inspired to try what they create and become more nutritious and adventurous eaters! Participants take home their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to continue the fun in their own kitchen!

JR. CHEFS IN TRAINING | Grades  K - 2
Start from scratch! Explore recipes while developing your skills in the kitchen including chopping, measuring and more. Participants learn various skills in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen, including math through measuring and weighing ingredients, kitchen safety, logic and reasoning with multistep directions, teamwork, sanitation procedures and cooking techniques, such as boiling, sautéing and griddling. Participants take home their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to continue the fun in their own kitchen!

COOKING OUT OF SCHOOL DAYS | Grades K - 5
Create in the kitchen with STEAM! Explore recipes through science, math, art and more. Participants work with a professional instructor in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen to cook and taste recipes that make learning and nutrition fun! Participants take home their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of the day to continue the fun in their own kitchen. Register now >>

LUNCH BUNCH | Grades K - 5
Go beyond the brown bag! Explore recipes while developing your skills in the kitchen including chopping, measuring, sautéing and more. Participants learn various skills in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen and enjoy a lunch of their own creation. 

BAKERY BOSS | Grades 3 - 5
Let’s bake up some fun! Budding bakers will work with a professional instructor in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen to create tasty sweet and savory recipes that require a bit of math and a lot of food science. Through a hands-on experience, developing palates are inspired to try their creations and become more nutritious and intentional eaters! Participants take home their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to share their baking experience!

CHEFS IN TRAINING | Grades 3 - 5
Start from scratch! Explore recipes while developing your skills in the kitchen including chopping, measuring and more. Participants learn various skills in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen, including math through measuring and weighing ingredients, kitchen safety, logic and reasoning with multistep directions, teamwork, sanitation procedures and cooking techniques, such as boiling, sautéing and griddling. Participants take home their artfully crafted recipe book at the end of each session to continue the fun in their own kitchen!

TEEN CHEFS | Grades 6 - 12
Refine your palette and hone your skills! Create menus and cook recipes while developing your skills in the kitchen including knife cuts, mise en place preparation and seasoning. Participants develop skills in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen, including planning and preparation, kitchen safety, sanitation procedures, presentation and cooking techniques, such as boiling, sautéing and griddling. Participants take home their recipe book at the end of each session to document their creations!

TEEN BAKER | Grades 6 - 12
From pastry to bread and sweet to savory, explore the art of baking! Work with a professional instructor in the fully-equipped teaching kitchen to create tasty recipes that use the science of baking. Develop and refine your skills as a baker through planning and preparation, kitchen safety, sanitation procedures, presentation, cooking techniques and nutrition. Participants take home their recipe book at the end of each session to document their creations!     

FAMILY COOKING WORKSHOPS 
Come together in the kitchen for some family fun! A professional instructor will lead families in an engaging cooking experience that concludes with sitting down at the table to enjoy a game or family activity and the food you created together. Children must be accompanied by an adult.                           
    
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