Most schools are done by this week. Some parents are happy about that, while others are starting to stress out what summer activities to put their kids in. Well, here’s one suggestion… how about cooking classes?!
“The ‘Young Chefs Boot Camp’, an existing summer program of CCA, Manila which started over 10 years ago, is a series of cooking classes designed for young culinary enthusiasts, from age 5 to 16 years old. It offers participants the opportunity and the fun of practical hands-on learning, including valuable insights on food, kitchen safety, and preparation. Classes officially begin on March 24 until May 26, 2014.”
According to Chef Melissa Sison, Program Director of CCA, Manila, they have changed the lineup of recipes across all programs. Their goal is for the kids to use their imagination in playing with the ingredients of the recipes they will learn in class.
The programs are very age specific and lasts for 5 days. Kids can also take more than one course.
- Junior Culinary and Baking Essentials for tweens and teens who are serious in taking up culinary degree for college (12-16 years old)
- Cooking My Way through Asia (7-16 years old) teaches various recipes from our area of the globe.
- My Ultimate Comfort Foods (7-16 years old) for easy-to-prepare meals and snacks
- Baking 101 (7-16 years old) for beginners
- The Little Chef Programs (5-9 years old) for the little kids
If you are worried about your little ones working the stoves or ovens and handling sharp knives, don’t worry coz there will be assistants who will help them. The kids will be working on kid-friendly kitchen equipment too.
My mom, my eldest son and I were invited to attend a cooking class one Saturday afternoon. We were given 2 dishes to prepare: Cheese Macaroni with Hungarian Sausage and Chocolate Crinkles. We had a recipe and the ingredients were pretty much prepared.
First, Chef Anna Atanacio showed us how to prepare the cookie dough since it will be set aside to cool anyway. While it’s in the chiller, she then did the Cheese Macaroni with Hungarian Sausage.
Then, we were directed to our work stations to do the dishes on our own. My boy was very excited. He actually cooks at home, usually pancakes and omelette during weekends.
We had fun that day! We are seriously thinking of enrolling him in the program. He obviously enjoyed cooking and loved eating what he made too. When we got home he ate the extra macaroni we brought home and boasted to his daddy the crinkles he made.
Thank you CCA, Manila for a fun Saturday afternoon. It was a great bonding session with my boy!
For inquiries on the Young Chef Boot Camp and other diploma or short courses, call CCA, Manila at 426-4840 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at www.ccamanila.com. CCA, Manila campus is located at 287 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City (across Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym). Application is ongoing.