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Help your child learn to cook with our Cooking Academy!

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 is for chefs in grades 3 to 8. We deliver them both virtually and in-person, at our kitchen on campus.

Whether your child is an independent chef or is still learning, they will learn to prepare a wide variety of delicious meals for the family. Plus they'll get to eat the food they make every day in class!

 



 

Cooking Academy in-person or Zoom (live with KidSpirit staff) cooking camps.

In-person Cooking Camps: 

Our in-person Cooking Academy is held on the OSU campus. We provide all the materials your chef will need to succeed in the kitchen. Our Head Chefs will guide our little chefs through new and exciting recipes. At the end of the session, your chef will gain independence and confidence in the kitchen.

Interactive Zoom Cooking Camps

In our highly interactive virtual academies, your child will learn to be confident in their own kitchen! After each class dinner is ready at home for the whole family! They will learn to make a variety of dishes with different ingredients and techniques. You can join in from anywhere with a kitchen; you don’t have to drive your chef to campus!

 



 

Spring 2024: Master Chefs: Scientists in the Kitchen

Master Chefs: Scientists in the Kitchen

In Person (OSU Campus):

Saturdays,

4/6/24 - 6/8/24, 9:00am - 1:30pm

$360 

Master Chefs - Scientists in the Kitchen: 

Get ready, young chefs! We blend science with cooking to uncover a world of colorful transformations, critical thinking, and delicious dishes. From exploring how ingredients change colors to understanding the magic of mixing acids and bases, we'll embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Along the way, we'll learn about kitchen safety, cooking techniques, and how to accommodate different dietary needs. Our recipes are carefully chosen to be nutritious, creative, and bursting with color. By the end of our journey, you'll not only be a master chef but also a kitchen scientist, ready to whip up tasty treats while understanding the science behind them! 

 

Summer 2024 Cooking Academy Camps

Sessions

Two-week camps, Monday-Friday, In-Person (OSU Campus)

8:30 am-1:00 pm  Cost $475

Session 1: 6/24/24 - 7/5/24

 Global Cuisine - Northern Hemisphere 

Calling all explorers! – Chefs will indulge in foods from all across the Northern globe. These chefs won’t just be eating exquisite dishes from around the world. We will also dive into the cultures that come with the foods. Chefs will be dipping into themes, including languages, climate/geography, and current events. In addition, chefs will learn about cooking safety, cooking strategies, science, math, and community building. We intentionally choose our recipes to provide nutritious, creative, and colorful meals. We learn and accommodate all different dietary needs. The goal of this session is for chefs to become well-versed in foods and cultures from around the world.

“Cooking and shopping for food brings rhythm and meaning to our lives.” — Alice Waters.

Session 2: 7/8/24 - 7/17/24

Chefs In Motion

Food is fuel! –Chefs will train for a 5k while learning what foods will help us recover and fuel us. The themes we will cover in this session include digestion and microbes, energy, vitamins and minerals, balance, hydration, the timing of food, and food as medicine. In addition to these themes, chefs will learn about other cultures, science, math, community building, and other cooking-related topics.

We intentionally choose our recipes to provide nutritious, creative, and colorful meals. We learn and accommodate all different dietary needs. This session aims to learn about food's role in recovery and fueling processes while simultaneously training for a 5k.

"In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport." – Julia Child

Session 3: 7/22/24 - 8/2/24

Garden to Table

Chefs will cook herb-centered recipes while growing their own herb garden. Chefs will learn about the farm to chef relationship, and what it means to eat seasonally. In addition, chefs will learn about cooking safety, cooking strategies, science, math, and community building. We intentionally choose our recipes to provide nutritious, creative, and colorful meals. We learn and accommodate all different dietary needs. The goal of this session is for chefs to understand how our food grows while becoming well-versed in the knowledge, abilities, and confidence to cook!

Session 4: 8/5/24 - 8/16/24

Global Cuisine: Southern Hemisphere

Calling all explorers! – Chefs will be indulging in foods from all across the Southern globe. These chefs will not just be enjoying these exquisite dishes, but there will also be a dive into the cultures. Chefs will learn about the languages, climate/geography, and current events. In addition, chefs will learn about cooking safety, cooking strategies, science, math, and community building. We intentionally choose our recipes to provide nutritious, creative, and colorful meals. We learn and accommodate all different dietary needs. The goal of this session is for chefs to become well-versed in foods and cultures from around the world. Get ready, young chefs! We blend science with cooking to uncover a world of colorful transformations, critical thinking, and delicious dishes. From exploring how ingredients change colors to understanding the magic of mixing acids and bases, we'll embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Along the way, we'll learn about kitchen safety, cooking techniques, and how to accommodate different dietary needs. Our recipes are carefully chosen to be nutritious, creative, and bursting with color. By the end of our journey, you'll not only be a master chef but also a kitchen scientist, ready to whip up tasty treats while understanding the science behind them! 

Session 5: 8/19/24 - 8/30/24

Scientists in the Kitchen 

Get ready, young chefs! We blend science with cooking to uncover a world of colorful transformations, critical thinking, and delicious dishes. From exploring how ingredients change colors to understanding the magic of mixing acids and bases, we'll embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Along the way, we'll learn about kitchen safety, cooking techniques, and how to accommodate different dietary needs. Our recipes are carefully chosen to be nutritious, creative, and bursting with color. By the end of our journey, you'll not only be a master chef but also a kitchen scientist, ready to whip up tasty treats while understanding the science behind them! 

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