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Launching the Kids Culinary Academy – Let’s do this!

For fifteen years, My Cooking Party has been a premier destination for corporate team-building events, bridal showers, bachelorette and birthday parties, and public cooking competitions. We have welcomed thousands of children and adults into our kitchens and emphasized the fun in the fundamentals of cooking.

We’re not ashamed to say it: our cooking classes are a chiffonade cut above the rest!

And now, we’re excited to launch a new initiative – our Kids Culinary Academy.

If your children can’t get enough of Chopped Junior, love helping out in the kitchen at home, and enjoy filet mignon as much as chicken nuggets, they will love our two-week academy. We offer two age-based course tracks – one for 8-to-11-year-olds, the other for teens ages 12 to 15. Both courses focus on the foundational skills of cooking. Under the supervision of a professionally trained chef, your children will learn essential knife skills and safety, as well as techniques like searing, sautéing, poaching, and grilling. They will also enjoy a sit-down meal at the end of every day of camp.

At Kids Culinary Academy, we won’t patronize your kids’ taste buds. Unlike some camps where the cooking is no more advanced than pizza and cookies, our menus include frittata caprese, chicken scaloppini, and poached peaches. We’ll show your kids that vegetables can be delicious – roasted, steamed, or grilled – and that they can create elegant meals from scratch.

For our younger chefs (8-11), our two-week course starts with Week 1 – Fundamentals of Cooking, where we teach them knife skills and cooking techniques. The second week is Practicing Your Craft. Practicing Your Craft is all about taking what they’ve learned in the first week to execute meals fit for an adult audience. We won’t be oversimplifying our dishes. Our little chefs will make entrees and sides like grilled pork loin with a coriander crust and roasted green beans with garlic and olive oil. (You’ll definitely want them to show you their skills when they get home!) At the end of each day, your young chef will sit down to a three-course meal of their own making and truly appreciate what they’re capable of.

For our older chefs (12-15), we also begin with Week 1 – Fundamentals of Cooking. Then in Week 2, we host The Food Fight, a daily competition where your teens get to live out their cooking show fantasies. Campers are divided into teams and presented each day with two ingredients that they must turn into two different dishes. Our instructors will help and guide the campers, but the competition will come down to your teen chef’s own culinary ingenuity. Participants will be judged on the creativity, plating, and flavor of their creations, as well as their use of a curveball ingredient introduced during the contest. After five days of fierce competition, the winning team receives a special prize. As with all our classes, participants will have a sit-down meal at the end of each day.

At My Cooking Party, we recognize that your young chefs are curious, smart, and talented and we’re excited to nurture and cultivate their kitchen skills. We aim to make our Kids Culinary Academy the Ivy League of cooking camps because it’s what your kid deserves.