Kids Cooking Camps
We’re cooking up delicious eats and sweets all summer long at our week-long summer kids cooking camps in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Connecticut! 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. Campers of all ages enjoy our half or full day summer cooking program!
Camp Themes Include
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.
Holidays conjure up memories and nostalgia and so much of it is food related! Get ready for a week of delicious celebrations as we whip up everything from Thanksgiving sides to Valentine’s Day desserts, and even some Cinco de Mayo entrees – plus much more! What could be more fun than enjoying Halloween treats in the summer? Join us!
Kid bakers and chefs have joined the ranks of elimination style cooking contests and here at Tiny Chefs we are getting in on the action! In this exciting session, campers will be separated into teams and each team will create recipes that are judged by the instructors in a blind taste test with preset criteria. Each day the teams will create 3 items; 2 recipes will be a head to head competitions making the same item. The 3rd item will be recipes that are similar but have slightly different ingredients. May the best team win!
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 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 Chef campers will be presented 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.
Is your junior chef itching for a challenge in the kitchen? They'll feel like a Food Network star competing on their own version of Chopped! Junior at our newest summer camp. Each day will reveal 4 "mystery" ingredients that our young chefs will need to incorporate as they work together in small teams with rotating jobs to create appetizer, entree and dessert courses. Instructors will teach from a curriculum that gets progressively more challenging as the week goes on. The final day of camp culminates with student teams assigning "mystery" ingredients to their peers, upping the X-factor for what's on the menu that day as they put their new skills to the test!
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.
Turn your favorite breakfast dishes into the main event as dinner options. How about a cheddar-chive frittata with fresh salsa? Or Brunch pasta with bacon and eggs? Maybe you’d prefer a more traditional French toast, dressed up with bananas and blueberries? Any way you slice it your little chef will love tucking into these comforting breakfast classics.
This Tiny Chefs progressive skills program introduces students to fundamental skills, concepts and techniques that become increasingly more complex as the week progresses. Students will be asked to demonstrate skills learned before moving on to more challenging techniques. At the end of the program, students will be able to prepare a complete meal with a variety of different cooking techniques.
*This camp requires a home education kitchen (ex. in a middle or high school) or a full-service kitchen.