Ready To Become
A Chef?

You are currently at In-Person Summer Go To Virtual School Year

2-Week Sessions (Monday - Friday)

Cooking Academy: Science In The Kitchen
$365/Session + $65 Groceries

Aug 8-19, 2022
8:30 AM - 1pm

Cooking Academy: Top Chef
$365/Session + $65 Groceries

Aug 22-Sep 2, 2022
8:30 AM - 1pm

Classes are in-person at Oregon State University campus

Thank you to our partners

Why Cooking?

Creating Confidence & Independence in the Kitchen

Cooking encourages children's thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also helps them develop skills in counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect. Most importantly, cooking can help develop a child's confidence and independence in and out of the kitchen!




Our Cooking Academy camps are for chefs in grades 3 to 8 who are excited about cooking and learning new skills in the kitchen. Whether your child is an independent chef or is still learning, they will be able to prepare a wide variety of delicious meals for the family. KidSpirit cooking staff will be leading all activities in person, helping your chefs build and learn new cooking skills from our kitchen on campus. Every class, your child will prepare a delicious dishes that they will enjoy.


Want to make it at Home?

Check out our ever-growing catalog of kids friendly recipes and make them at home for the whole family to enjoy!


Master Chef Camps! 

  • Cooking Academy: Science In The Kitchen

    Chef and scientist! These young chefs will get to explore the chemistry behind cooking while learning the basics of cooking and nutrition. Master the process of emulsification, make your own salt crystals, and so much more--then understand how that can be applied to cooking!

  • Cooking Academy: Top Chef

    Move over, Bobby Flay - these campers are learning to slice, dice, and sauté! In this class, our master chefs will gain confidence and become comfortable in the kitchen. Chefs will learn to prepare nutritious meals, snacks, sides, and desserts, putting chefs on track to have a hands-on approach to cooking and a healthy lifestyle.

What Are Master Chefs?

  • Master Chefs
    • Emerging chefs with knife skills

    • Two-week camps, Monday-Friday, 8:30-1:00 pm

    • Wide variety of ingredients

    • Familiar and new flavors

    • Advanced recipes

Class Preparation

For our in-person Summer Cooking Academy classes, we will be providing all the materials your chef will need in the kitchen, but please make sure that they come prepared for messy cooking sessions and also making sure they have everything they need for a pleasant experience (e.g. water bottles to keep them hydrated and snacks if they get hungry easily).

What to Bring:

  • Water bottle
  • A backpack to hold stuff

What to Wear:

  • Close-toed shoes
  • Hair pulled back & out of face
  • Apron (Optional)

Supporting Your Chef in the Kitchen

Depending on how comfortable your chef is in the kitchen, you may need to provide them with some support. We do our best to choose recipes that will allow families to be as hands-off as possible, but it may be necessary to help them out during the class.

Here are some tips to help chefs be more independent during cooking class:

  • Cook with your chef outside of class to help familiarize them with your kitchen
  • Print recipes (if possible) and review before class
  • Review any unfamiliar ingredients and/or supplies
  • Help your chef gather and consolidate the materials and ingredients before class 
  • Grocery shop with your chef so they know what ingredients they have available

A big Thank You to our partner, the Moore Family Center, for allowing us to use their kitchen facility for our cooking classes!

Also, a Thank You to Bob's Red Mill for the wonderful products, WE LOVE IT!