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Junior Chef Summer Camp

Junior Chef Summer Camp for kids who love to cook 

Do you dream of cooking up a storm like those amazing professional chefs on Cupcake Wars and Master Chef?

Junior Chef Summer Camp at Artful Chefs commercial kitchen in Vista, CA.  will be the most awesome culinary adventure you could imagine! Come and join us for an exciting, energy-filled and memorable summer of culinary fun. Artful Chefs Junior Chef Summer Camp is registering for 2017!

Junior Chef Summer Camp with Artful Chefs will be the best thing you do all summer! 

Imagine …

  • Learning how to cook at a real commercial kitchen.
  • Getting a taste of what it’s like to work as real professional chef.
  • Trying out classical French culinary techniques. You’ll learn knife cuts like julienne, battonet, allumette as well as gourmet cooking skills which you can use to amaze your friends and relatives!

If you are at least 7 years old, you can join us at our commercial kitchen in Vista, CA for these Junior Chef  Summer Camp Sessions! The kitchen is conveniently  located in the business park off of Sycamore Avenue and Melrose. 

junior chef summer campInternational Cuisine Boot Camp

First of all, great chefs start their careers by learning the basic techniques. Therefore, you will learn those basics and much more during our International Cuisine Boot Camp sessions! You will learn knife skills and cooking techniques from around the world. You will be working in small teams and engage in the action-packed thrill of culinary teamwork with your professional chef instructor.

International themes: French soufflés with crepes; Asian stir fry and egg rolls; Mexican tostada salad dessert nachos; Vegetarian roasted vegetables and Mediterranean quinoa salad. And on graduation day, custom pizzas and dessert pizzas from scratch to share with parents.

junior chef summer campThe Italian Bistro Chef Boot Camp

Since Summer is the best time for preparing Italian cuisine! Jr. Chefs learn how to make all their Italian favorites from scratch with fresh herbs and spices. You’ll learn to write a recipe, do menu costing, practice basic knife skills and learn cooking skills to amaze your family and friends! Our method is all hands-on, most of all you will have tons of fun and practice new skills each day.

Italian theme menus: Fresh pasta with white and red sauces; Risotto with caramelized vegetables; Gnocchi with butter sauce; Focaccia with fresh tomato minestrone. And on graduation day, custom pizzas and dessert pizzas from scratch to share with parents.

Advanced Restaurant Boot Camp (You must have completed at least one basics camp to register for this camp)

Have you ever thought of working at a restaurant kitchen when you grow up? You also may have wondered what would it be like? Now you can find out with our advanced cooking class camps! We will take smaller teams and build their skills to a higher level. Learn how to build amazing flavor and present your dishes like a chef. Teams will compete in a cook-off challenge on the final day of camp for the title of Jr. Chef Champions.

Menu: Bisque en croute; Roulades and timbales; Piccata and pilafs; Ragu bolognese. And on graduation day, parents will sample the results from our cook-off challenge. 

2017 Schedule

If you are registering siblings for the same session of camp, you will receive your $20 discount within 48 hours. Only one discount can apply per family, per session. Recommended ages for all camps are 7 – 15 years old.

Session 1
# 1A – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM June 19th to June 23rd: Italian Bistro Boot Camp Session is now full
#1B – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM June 19th to June 23rd: Italian Bistro Boot Camp
Session 2
# 2A – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM June 26th to June 30th International Cuisine Boot Camp Session is now full 
#2B – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM June 26th to June 30th International Cuisine Boot Camp  Session is now full 

#4A- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM July 10th to July 14th International Cuisine Boot Camp Session is now full


Session 3 (Must have taken a previous Summer Camp with Artful Chefs)
# 3A – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM July 17th to July 21st: Advanced Restaurant Jr. Chef Boot Camp Session is now full 


Important Information for Your Parents:

We are located in North San Diego County in Vista, CA. In addition, our camps are held in a professional commercial kitchen. Not only will your kids get to work in a  cool kitchen, they will also be working with our professional chefs.  The kitchen is located in the business park off of the 78 freeway and Sycamore. The main cross streets are Sycamore  Avenue and Business Park Drive.  Easily accessible from Palomar Airport Road, the 78 freeway and Melrose Drive.

Reach for your phone and call right now if you have any questions, 760-419-4609.

junior chef summer camp

Finally, here is information most parents want to know about our camps. If they need more information please have them call or send us an email.  Because, we really want to see you at our summer camps be sure to share it with your parents today.

Why Cooking Classes for Kids San Diego?

  • This is a great way to show your child that you support his or her love of the culinary arts. Express confidence and pride in your child.
  • Kids also learn kitchen safety!
  • Obviously perfect for high-energy kids.
  • We offer discounts for enrolling siblings!

Because sharing the joy of cooking with children and teens in North San Diego is one of the most rewarding things that we do. Our activities teach your child through hands-on cooking classes.  Probably most importantly, we stress skills and technique, safety, nutrition, creativity, and of course, FUN.

  • Our junior chef summer camp menus are nut-free, but our commercial kitchen may be used by other chefs to create dishes with nuts. If you have any questions, please call.
  • Menus include gluten and dairy, but we have alternatives available for Jr. Chefs with food sensitivities.
  • Please have your child arrive on time wearing closed-toe shoes and a hair tie (if your child has long hair).

Our cancellation policy for camp sessions: 

If it is necessary, you may cancel your Junior Chef Summer Camp registration for a session up to 30 days until the start date for any reason. You will receive a full refund, less a $100 placement deposit.  In addition, if you reserved more than one place, the deposit fee will be deducted for each enrollment which is canceled.

Furthermore, cancellations  from 30 to 14 days before the camp start date, will  receive a 50% refund or you may  transfer to another Junior Chef Summer Camp of equal value.  Also,  if you reserved more than one spot, the 50% refund applies to each enrollment.

No refund or exchanges will be given for camp sessions that are cancelled less than 14 days prior to the first date of the Junior Chef Summer Camp  session you are registered for. If you miss a session date due to illness or other unforeseen issues, our standard cancellation policy also applies.

To cancel a registration, call 760-419-4609. from 8 am – 6:00 pm PST.

Finally, Artful Chefs reserves the right to cancel any camp session that fails to meet enrollment minimums.  In the unlikely event this is necessary, we will contact you by email or telephone and issue a full refund or you may request to be transferred to another Junior Chef Summer Camp of your choice (depending on availability).

 For more information or to ask about prices, please give us a call today!

You can reach us anytime at 760-419-4609 or at
We look forward to sharing the joy of cooking with your child!


We offer our services all over San Diego County including:

Cardiff by the Sea, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Fairbanks Ranch, Fallbrook, La Costa, La Jolla, La Mesa, Mission Beach, Murrietta, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, San Diego, San Marcos, Temecula, Torrey Pines and Vista.

Our Client Reviews

“What an awesome team of professional, knowledgeable chefs, who were led by Chef Pharrell that helped us build a team cooking event into a very friendly competition and helped our teams work together to plan, execute against the plan and prepare a variety of meals, which were shared and enjoyed by all. Thank you so much for helping make a successful event for our group!”

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Aphrodiete T, San Diego, CA
Corporate Event on 02/11/2015

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“We hired Chef Pharrell for a Mothers Day dinner for our family. Very simply, she did what she said that she would do! She was easy to work with to create the menu and very accomodating to our dietary issues. Food looked great and tasted great. It was appreciated by all and made the day all that more special.”

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Craig R., Vista, CA
Special Event

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