02/12/20

Chop up the Competition at Pali Adventures Culinary Summer Camp

One of the most rewarding parts of parenting is watching your child develop interests and passions of their own. If one of those interests happens to be cooking dinner so you don’t have to, it’s even better.

Learning to cook takes more than a glance through a recipe book, though. If your child has a true love of cooking, they need an opportunity to harness their natural talent by learning the essential tools, techniques, and more. Cooking summer camp at Pali Adventures is the perfect chance for them to take that next step.

Start with Safety

A kitchen is a place for a young chef to express their own brand of artistry and creativity. It’s also a place where injuries and accidents can happen, so it needs to be handled with care.

As your child learn the essential skills of cooking, they’ll be learning safety measures to take at the same time. They’ll discover how to say safe with heat, knives, and anything else they may find in the kitchen. This allows you as a parent to worry less about supervising them in the kitchen to make sure they stay safe.

On top of preventative measures, our instructors will teach your child the basics of kitchen first aid as well. They’ll learn what to do if an accident occurs and how to minimize the problem.

girl at culinary summer camp

Get to Know the Kitchen Tools

For a chef to truly produce delicious food to meet their potential, they have to put their tools to use. Cooking summer camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to learn their way around a kitchen and all the tools it has to offer.

At Pali Adventures, our cooking-specialized campers have access to a commercial-grade kitchen where they’ll learn how to use all the equipment safely and efficiently. They’ll discover how to use the key features of each appliance to advantage, in addition to getting familiar with various smaller appliances.

Because most kids only have access to their home kitchens, an experience in a commercial kitchen can set the stage for their future career.

Learn the Top Terminology

Before your child learned to run, they had to walk. Before a chef learns to create their own new dishes, they have to learn how to work with an existing recipe.

Over the course of their cooking summer camp, your child will learn about all the cooking terms they’ll see in recipes so they can handle anything that a recipe throws their way. For example, kids learn terms and techniques like blanching, broiling, pan-frying, and more.

Beyond learning what those terms mean, your child will discover when these techniques work best in a recipe. They’ll learn when it’s appropriate to roast vegetables as opposed to sautéing them or roasting them, so they can build their own recipes and menus in the future. 

Master the Major Techniques

Learning the names of top cooking techniques is a start. To become a great chef, though, your child needs to be able to put all of them into action.

At our cooking summer camp, your child will learn the essentials for each aspect of cooking. They’ll learn various types of cuts and how to use them with various ingredients, as well as instrumental techniques for other aspects of cooking and even plating and presenting their creations.

Discover How to Create in the Kitchen

As many great recipes as there are floating around, every chef wants the excitement of creating their own recipes. This is an adventure your child will start exploring at cooking summer camp.

Our instructors give campers the key essentials they need to know in order to put together their own recipes. For instance, your child will learn about a range of common ingredients and how those ingredients complement each other. They’ll discover the tastes and textures they can create with specific techniques and strategies so they’ll know exactly how to create the results they want.

boy cooking at culinary summer camp

Learn the Art of Creating a Menu

Cooking a single dish is fantastic, but it’s only the beginning. The next step is learning to craft a full menu from start to finish.

Campers at our cooking summer camp learn how to do just that. Your child will master appetizers, salads, and entrees as well as desserts. They’ll learn not only how to make dishes for any stage in a meal but also how to build a menu that is cohesive and that flows well from one course to the next.

Compete to Be the Next Top Chef

It’s always fun to learn new skills that you enjoy using. It’s even more fun to put those skills to use in a competition.

One of the themes of all of our camp specialties at Pali Adventures is that they each end with an opportunity for our campers to show off what they’ve learned. In the case of our cooking summer camp, that opportunity is an “Iron Chef” style of cooking competition.

Working at a team with some of their fellow campers, your chef-in-training will handle fast-paced cooking challenges that require them to pull together all their talents in the kitchen. It’s the perfect way to bring together all the advantages of a cooking summer camp: cooking skills as well as the new friendships the campers have formed.

Discover a Future at Cooking Summer Camp

For some kids, cooking is a fun hobby that gives them a way to help out at home in a way they enjoy. For others, it’s a natural talent and a passion that could lead to a successful career in the future. Whichever it is for your child, as a parent, you want them to have the chance to explore all their options, and they can have that chance at our cooking summer camp.

To take the next step, learn about our upcoming cooking summer camp sessions and enroll your child for their next kitchen adventure.

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