Kitchen Kid Signature Summer Camps

 

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Join Kitchen Kid for our 7th season of delicious summertime fun! Our signature cooking camps are packed with culinary excitement and kitchen adventures. Young chefs expand their palates, reinforce academic and social skills, and learn kitchen safety and culinary fundamentals.  All while making new friends and enjoying great food! New for 2015: exciting new themes, half day camps in the afternoon, Restaurant Camp II, and locations in Hermosa Beach and Pasadena.

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What Makes Our Camp Unique:

  • Farmers Market Challenge (Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach) and Mystery Basket Challenge (Beverly Hills and Pasadena):  Kitchen Kids learn about seasonal ingredients and “farm to fork” eating.  In Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach, young chefs head to the market in small groups led by a culinary coach to shop for the freshest produce available. In Beverly Hills and Pasadena, our culinary coaches lead a discussion and delicious tasting of in-season fruits and vegetables. Afterwards, in all camps, chefs enjoy a secret ingredient cook-off!
  • Cooking for the Common Good: Kitchen Kids experience the joy of cooking for others when they bake and package cookies, which are then delivered to a local food pantry.
  • Around the Table Fridays: Parents are invited to join us for an incredible tasting on Fridays.  Witness and taste your child’s delicious accomplishments first hand!

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2015 Summer Camp Schedule Coming Soon!

 

2014 Summer Camp Schedule

Theme Dates Locations Times Cost
Holiday Eats  *SOLD OUT* June 16 to June 20 Santa Monica 9am – 12:15pm $435 Add to Waitlist
Sweets & Savories  *SOLD OUT* June 30 – July 3 (no class July 4) Santa Monica  9am – 12:15pm $348 Add to Waitlist
Taste of TV   *SOLD OUT* July 7 – July 11 Santa Monica  9am – 3pm $525 Add to Waitlist
Restaurant Camp   *SOLD OUT* July 14 to July 18 Santa Monica  9am – 3pm $525 Add to Waitlist
Taste of TV     *SOLD OUT* July 21 to July 25 Santa Monica  9am – 3pm $525 Add to Waitlist
First Class Fare  *SOLD OUT* July 28 to Aug 1 Santa Monica 9am – 12:15pm $435 Add to Waitlist
Restaurant Camp *SOLD OUT* Aug 4 – Aug 8 Santa Monica  9am –  3pm $525 Add to Waitlist
Restaurant Camp *SOLD OUT* Aug 11 – Aug 15 Santa Monica  9am – 3pm $525 Add to Waitlist
CIT Program Every Session Santa Monica 8:45am – 12:30pm (3:15pm Restaurant Camp and Taste of TV)  $275 ($330 Restaurant Camp, Taste of TV, $220 week of July 4) Register

Session Theme Details


Restaurant Camp 1



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Open and operate your very own restaurant in Kitchen Kid’s popular Restaurant Camp! Calling all budding chefs, entrepreneurs, and restaurant enthusiasts! Chefs will tour the kitchen and front of house of a local restaurant, and immerse themselves in every step of the process: choose the concept and name, design the decor, create a menu and logo, learn restaurant jobs and etiquette, create, cook, and serve their signature dishes to friends and family. Throughout the week kids will also prepare delicious recipes and safely learn kitchen fundamentals, palate development, and culinary techniques.

Sample Day One Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 am

  • Orientation Games
  • What is a restaurant? White board brainstorm on restaurants, cuisine, names, décor, etc.

10:00 – 11:00 am

  • What to serve? Previewing real menus
  • Kitchen orientation and scavenger hunt
  • Snack

11:00 – 2:00 pm

  • Cook and eat lunch: Italian Restaurant Day
  • Zucchini and basil risotto
  • Homemade pizza with all the toppings
  • Caprese pasta salad
  • Chocolate tiramisu

2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Discussion on Italian food and culture and restaurant themes
  • Prepare interview questions for next day’s restaurant tour
  • Restaurateur notebooks and food collage
  • Palate development: blind taste testing game 

Restaurant Camp 2



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Do you love Restaurant Camp so much that you want to attend twice in one summer? Now you can! Restaurant Camp 2 will have ALL NEW recipes.

Open and operate your very own restaurant in Kitchen Kid’s popular Restaurant Camp! Calling all budding chefs, entrepreneurs, and restaurant enthusiasts! Chefs will tour the kitchen and front of house of a local restaurant, and immerse themselves in every step of the process: choose the concept and name, design the decor, create a menu and logo, learn restaurant jobs and etiquette, create, cook, and serve their signature dishes to friends and family. Throughout the week kids will also prepare delicious recipes and safely learn kitchen fundamentals, palate development, and culinary techniques.

Sample Day One Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 am

  • Orientation Games
  • What is a restaurant? White board brainstorm on restaurants, cuisine, names, décor, etc.

10:00 – 11:00 am

  • What to serve? Previewing real menus
  • Kitchen orientation and scavenger hunt
  • Snack

11:00 – 2:00 pm

  • Cook and eat lunch: Italian Restaurant Day
  • Zucchini and basil risotto
  • Homemade pizza with all the toppings
  • Caprese pasta salad
  • Chocolate tiramisu

2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Discussion on Italian food and culture and restaurant themes
  • Prepare interview questions for next day’s restaurant tour
  • Restaurateur notebooks and food collage
  • Palate development: blind taste testing game 

Bites! Camera! Action

                                                                                         

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Calling all foodies and budding young chefs! Have you ever wanted to be on a food show? Team up for with Kitchen Kid for our super-fun version of TV’s best foodie shows, games, and challenges! We’ll also be cooking favorite recipes from famous TV chefs like Alton, Guy, Rachael, and Julia. Throughout the week, kids will safely learn kitchen fundamentals, palate development, and culinary techniques. 

Road Trip USA



Kitchen Kid Camps Mangia!

Hitch a ride with Kitchen Kid on historic Route 66! Each day we’ll cook up favorites from across the United States.  If you like New England clam chowder, Philly cheesesteak, California rolls, Texas BBQ and St. Louis gooey butter cake, you’ll love taking your taste buds on this All-American adventure.  We’ll explore delicious regional dishes from all corners of the States. Throughout the week, kids will safely learn kitchen fundamentals, palate development, and culinary techniques.

Mangia! Mangia!



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Ciao! It’s time to chow down on everyone’s favorite cuisine, as we explore Italian favorites from Sicily to Milan! Piccolo chefs will enjoy making risotto al funghi, handmade ravioli, fresh pizza Margarita, chicken piccata, rosemary focaccia, tiramisu, chocolate gelato, and so much more! Throughout the week, kids will safely learn kitchen fundamentals, palate development, and culinary techniques. 

Sweets and Savories



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This week you’ll enjoy  scrumptious treats found at bakeries, cafes, and bistros.  Fluffy sweets and delectable savories include favorites such as fruit tarts with freshly churned ice cream,  grilled cheese Panini and roasted tomato soup, linzer tart cookies, and roasted chicken salad. Throughout the week kids will safely learn kitchen fundamentals, palate development, and culinary techniques.

CIT (Chef-In-Training)

                                                                   

Kitchen Kid Workshops, Series & Vacation Camps kidsKitchen Kid’s CIT program provides the opportunity for teens to develop leadership and culinary skills. This program is ideal for high school students who love helping younger kids and being in the kitchen. Being a Kitchen Kid CIT is fun and rewarding.  Special roles include assisting culinary coaches with mini lessons at the start of each day, prepping ingredients, providing support to the younger chefs, supervising clean up, creating extra recipes throughout the week, organizing the farmer’s market day, and leading their own small group at the end of the week. 

 

Additional Details & FAQ

  • Camp Locations:
    • Santa Monica: First Presbyterian Church kitchen, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    • Hermosa Beach: St. Cross Episcopal Church, 1818 Monterey Boulevard, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
    • Beverly Hills: Historic Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    • Pasadena: TBD
  • Our camps are fully hands-on culinary experiences with maximum class size of 15 chefs (20 during Restaurant Camp) and a culinary coach to kid-chef ratio averaging 1:4.
  • Camps are taught by Kitchen Kid culinary coaches – professionally trained chefs and classroom educators.
  • Camp is open to chefs entering 1st through 8th grade.  Because of our small class size, excellent ratio, and shared passion for cooking, this diverse age range has proven beneficial and compatible. (See exceptions: CIT Program)
  • Each session includes all the fresh ingredients, recipe book, and a Kitchen Kid gift.
  • Campers make and eat their lunch during camp each day. Please pack a water bottle and snack, if desired.
  • Campers must wear close-toed shoes.
  • We are not a nut-free kitchen, but we are able to accommodate campers with certain allergies and dietary restrictions. You will have the opportunity to notify us of these concerns during the enrollment process.

Enrollment

Enjoy a $25 discount for early bird enrollment by March 1! (Less for CIT sessions.) Also please enjoy $25 off a sibling when enrolling multiple children in the same session.

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Summer Cooking Camp in Your Home

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