Recently, our Surf City Family kids had the opportunity to attend a demo class by the wonderful instructors behind Culinary Kids. We met founder Bonnie Bachelor, a credentialed teacher, with a love for cooking! Bonnie and her team have created a culinary camp unlike any other filled with creativity, fun and friendship. And of course, good food.
Chef Anne Fluor Scott, a certified Chef and Pastry Chef, taught the kids how to make Blueberry Galettes, while Heather Neufeld, a health coach and blogger, showed the kids how to make Black Bean Burgers.
There are differently weekly themes for each summer camp session, so that a child can actually go to multiple sessions and keep learning new things. Samples of themes include “Farmers’ Market Basket – during which time, the kids not only learn to put fruits, veggies, herbs and spices into desserts and main dishes, but also plant an herb garden; “Magic in a Muffin Tin” is about creating main dishes, pies, pastries, and breads all in muffin tins!
If your kids are fans of Food Network’s cooking shows like mine are – then they will be excited to see the set up of a typical Culinary Kids camp kitchen. There’s a pantry, a refrigerator, a stove (which the teachers use), a sink etc. It’s like the “Chopped” kitchen and every camper knows learns where everything is on the first day.
Some of the cool things about Culinary Kids Camp is that it’s a totally hands on experience. The knowledgeable (mostly school teachers) instructors guide the kids in how to prep the food from washing to chopping to cooking and baking. They even learn to clean up after themselves! Teamwork is likewise emphasized as kids work in small groups under one chef-instructor.
To sign up for one of the Huntington Beach classes, visit hbsands.org Culinary Kids also has summer camps in Newport Beach, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, and Rancho Santa Margarita. Learn more at culinarykids.biz