Kids Cooking Camps
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We’re cook up delicious eats and sweets all summer long at our cooking camps in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia!
Each week of class will focus on a different fun theme and a variety of skill sets will be taught. For more information on each theme, see below.
Our themes are created for ages 3-10 and have “kick it up” and “take it down” a notch listed on each recipe to vary the difficulty level of each recipe.
Past camp themes have included:
What do you get when you get when you combine a love of books and a love of cooking? One happy kid! This summer, Tiny Chefs presents Books for Cooks, a summer camp that combines children's literature with the fun and deliciousness of food. Together, we'll explore contemporary children's classics like Adam Rubin's "Dragons Love Tacos", Mo Willems's "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!", Jory John and Pete Oswald's "The Couch Potato" and Laura Numeroff's "If You Give a Pig a Pancake." Older students will have a chance to read aloud to the group, while younger participants will enjoy a fun activity. After story time, students will learn to make related recipes like Crispy Black Bean Tacos, Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, Roasted Sweet Potato Fries and Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup.
Cupcakes are all the rage and it’s a trend that’s clearly here to stay! If you’ve ever been curious about how the pros make those cupcakes so precious and ornate, and if competition is your middle name, then this is the week for you! We’ll spend three days on cupcake basics-measuring, mixing, baking, and frosting, and then finish the week with two days of baking battle! Small teams will face off with one another to compete for the title of “Best Cupcake!” May the best cupcake win!
It is said that if you want to learn about a country you should start with the food. So during this week of camp our Tiny and Gourmet Chefs will learn how to create the cuisines of multiple countries. We will be cooking up some of the fabulous flavors of Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican & French foods and also learning about some of the cooking techniques & ingredients that make them unique. Come join us as we expand our world and our palates!
If your Tiny Chef dreams of someday having their own restaurant, sign them up for this inventive summer camp! Each day the students will produce a different course (appetizer, soup, main dish or dessert) or an item from a certain cuisine and build a restaurant around it. Over the course (no pun intended) of the session they will also be working on a final idea for their own restaurant, expanding on the types of foods their particular restaurant would serve based on the experiences they have had in class. Students will be introduced to a variety of cuisines, cooking skills and presentations throughout the week.
Does your kid love to dip their food? Chips in salsa, veggies in hummus, bread sticks in marinara sauce? How about dipping donuts in glazes and toppings? In this fun, nutritious and delicious camp, the Tiny Chefs will do all of that! Savory recipes like Mexican Layered Dip or Spinach and Artichoke Dip in Wonton Wrappers will be made side-by side with Lemon Glazed Blueberry Donuts and Pumpkin Donut Holes with Cinnamon Topping. These are just a few of the types of recipes your Tiny Chef will enjoy as they dip and dunk (and bake and blend) their way through our newest camp!
American cuisine is inspired by cultures around the world but has become uniquely and deliciously its own! For most Americans, nothing says summer like Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Potato Salad. And while some of those items are definitely on our All American Summer Menu, we are also going to explore American cuisine from sea to shining sea, from Southern BBQ to California’s twist on the BLT to the countrywide favorite Strawberry Shortcake! Come dive into summer with Tiny Chefs-- It will feel like the 4th of July all week!
Never have food challenge reality shows been so popular and Chopped! is a favorite here at Tiny and Gourmet Chefs! We like it so much we decided to base a whole week long camp on the concept. Our version has the added twist of focusing on different cuisines every day of camp. So, each day the Tiny and Gourmet Chef campers will be presented with a basket with 3 or 4 ingredients, which reflect these different cuisines—French, Italian, Mexican, Asian and “All-American”. Using those ingredients and working within those cuisines, they will challenge themselves to make mouthwatering specialties, traditional favorites and explore new ingredients, tastes and combinations.
If your little baker has taken our Cupcake Wars’ camp, the Art of Cupcakes is the next camp for them! We will be decorating cupcakes into unique and artful creations all week long! Animal face cupcakes, floral cupcakes, and hamburger cupcakes are all on the menu this week.
***All campers must take our Cupcake Wars camp before registering for this camp - to understand all basic measuring, mixing, and piping skills.***