Adults have been excited about the Helms College Saturday chef cooking class series since it started nearly two years ago, but it’s nothing compared to the excitement that the summer culinary camp for high school students generated at the Helms College Augusta School of Hospitality. It was our first summer piloting the camp, and we were thrilled at how well it went over with youth from the Augusta area.
The 11 students attended the camp for a week in July, with an opportunity to learn basic food prep and useful cooking techniques and skills. Helms College Chef Instructor Christian Hill had the honor of teaching these young culinary students, and we’ve gotten great feedback from the students and parents alike. Be sure to watch for signups for next year’s summer cooking camp and get your kids to be part of the culinary fun!
Whether we are teaching adults or youngsters the art of cooking, we make sure to illustrate healthy eating, how easy it is to cook and prepare food at home and provide you with plenty of ideas to help get you started. This week-long culinary camp experience gave these kids a solid overview of basic cooking skills such as knife handling, food and beverage safety, meats cuts, marinating, the effects of yeast, how to make pasta and sauce from scratch and even desserts. Our professional chef instructors give them a peek into what it’s like to work in the food and hospitality industry, too.
The students attending the summer camp learned about foods from all around the globe, and used their new-found skills immediately as they created a lunch meal for each day of the class. Meals included Italian wedding soup, corn and red pepper bisque, Caesar salad, dinner rolls, Coq au vin, potato gnocchi and more. Of course, they dined on their creations afterward as a group and assessed the quality of their preparations. The participants were encouraged to use their newly developed skills to “wow” their siblings and parents by re-creating these gourmet meals at home. We know that we have armed them with a basic foundation that will be useful throughout their lives as they cook meals at home.
If you have a child who has a keen interest in cooking and who would appreciate gaining some hands-on techniques from a professional chef, then our cooking camp for kids could be a terrific option for summer learning. Give your youngster some basic lifelong lessons that will benefit them into adulthood, while getting the opportunity to see how a real restaurant ticks. You could have a future chef on your hands who may want to pursue a career in cooking someday.
Keep your eyes open for our 2nd annual summer cooking camp for kids in 2017! Contact Helms College to learn more about all our wonderful cooperative and community extension programs, or if you are thinking about a career in hospitality or health services. Call 1-844-GO-HELMS (844-464-3567), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.