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Teens at Whisk: Essential Cooking Skills

These days, we want to know where our food comes from and believe we should be able to pronounce each ingredient on the nutritional label. Frozen snacks just don’t cut it anymore. Parents are realizing that teaching their kids to cook helps them for a lifetime of healthy living. Join Chef Thanh Tang in our hands-on, week-long teens camp and bring your child one step closer to independence. Our Essential Cooking Skills camp includes hands-on lessons on ingredients, sanitation, organization, knife skills and essential cooking skills.


CLASS RUNS FROM 2:00 PM TO 4:30 PM, Everyday

Monday: Knife skills

Get comfortable with the most important tool in the kitchen. You will learn the proper grip and motion to gain speed and confidence while practicing on produce of every shape, size and texture. The fruits of your labor will be used to make Vegetable Fried Rice.

Tuesday: Market Fresh Visit

We will hit the market and learn how to pick out the freshest ingredients for our meals. We’ll learn to read labels, what to look for to find fresh meat and produce. Afterwards we will put it all together and learn how to make a delicious Chicken Cesar salad with Cesar dressing and toasty Croutons.

Wednesday: Braising, Soups and Stews

What are the differences in these essential cooking techniques? What cuts of meats do you use? What dishes are stewed vs. braised? We will explore these questions and more and make a Tortilla and Roasted Pepper Soup and Cajun Gumbo.

Thursday: Sautéing, Searing and Saucing

Learn these THREE essential cooking techniques to get you preparing delicious meals confidently. We’ll discuss the best cuts of meat and pans to use for each technique, as we learn each of these, Sautéing, Searing and Saucing, step-by-step. We will make: Mushroom Ragu and Steak with Romesco Sauce.

Friday: Planning and preparing – The Main Course Iron Chef

We will combine all of our newly learned essential cooking skills.  Students will work in teams to create a 3 course meal consisting of a soup, salad and main course. Teams will be judged based on planning/organization, cleanliness, teamwork, originality, taste and presentation. Menus will be provided at class this day – It’ll be a surprise!!!

  • Classes designed for boys and girls ages 13 to 18 years.
  • All classes are taught by a Culinary Professional, with 2 adult assistants.
  • No prior cooking experience is required, just an interest to learn.
  • For safety reasons, please tie long hair back and wear closed toed shoes.