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Photos shared with us by students of their final products!

““I had so much fun this week at your teen cooking class, so I thought I’d send some pictures of the things I’ve made! Please tell Chef Olive thank you and that I learned so much!”

— Teen Camp Participant

We had our first virtual Teen Cooking camp last week and we were excited to hear from our students about the positive experiences they had throughout the week! As we all got used to this different version of our in-person Teen Camp, we learned together how to make the best of the times and still keep learning and connecting in the kitchen together.

Through the learning process of many fundamental cooking skills and techniques, students were guided by our chef instructors on how to make a wide variety of dishes. It was reported by many of their families that they also benefited from their teen’s hard work in the kitchen afterwards in the form of delicious bites and even dinner!

““It was really fun, and also all the food is so good, and all of the recipes were really good.” ”

— Teen Camp Participant

We believe that learning the lifelong skill of cooking can help a young person not just learn something new in the moment, but is also an investment in building important skills for taking care of themselves and their wellbeing. Especially during challenging times such as these, cooking can be a great vehicle for stress-relief, self-care and having fun while being creative.

While we of course miss seeing our students in person, a wonderful benefit of the virtual version of Teen Camp that we heard from many students is that it was helpful to be learning in their own kitchens at home because they were already familiar with the space and tools that they have. Some agreed that they are more likely to try again because they have the confidence gained from the initial learning experience.

Chef Olive’s double screen view of close up cooking instruction!

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Chef Olive signing off at the end of our first Teen Camp!

wrap;”>We have virtual Teen Camp sessions open throughout this summer—make sure to check-out the dates. We have two different menu sessions (Session A and Session B), so students can enjoy two weeks of new recipes and learning! This summer we are also debuting a Teen Baking Camp after years of student and parent requests for it. Find out more and register HERE.

Happy cooking to all of our students, we hope to see you soon!