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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 kitchens in San Diego County, 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 2018!

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 one of our commercial kitchen in San Diego, CA for these Junior Chef  Summer Camp Sessions! The kitchens  are conveniently  located  in Vista, San Marcos and Mission Valley. 

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 taco salad dessert nachos;  Italian risotto and dessert pizzas 

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; Polenta with meatballs; Gnocchi with butter sauce; Baked focaccia with fresh tomato basil soup. 

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;  Stuffed ravioli with pesto. 

French Patisserie Bakers Camp 

Ooh la la! French baking camps, are here!  By popular demand we are now offering a cooking class baking camp series during the summer! As with all our camps, this hands-on baking camp focuses on technique, safety and fun! Learn to work with chocolate, how to make pastry cream and puff pastry and so much more!

Menu:  French Gâteau; Tarts and quiche;Truffles and eclairs. 

2018 Schedule and Locations

Recommended ages for all camps are 7 – 15 years old.

VISTA LOCATION!

Session 1A: International Cuisine Boot Camp – $295
Monday June 11th – Thursday 14th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Vista Kitchen: 2515 Pioneer Ave, Vista CA 92081

French Cuisine Day: Fluffy Cheese Soufflé & Crepes with three fillings: Vanilla Cream, Summer Vegetable Sauté, Caramelized Banana
Skills to master: Danger zone, cutting board safety, measuring, blending, mirepoix, simmer, sauté, knife skill cuts, skillet basics, plating and presentation

Asian Cuisine Day: Baked Egg Rolls, Perfect Steamed Rice, Vegetable Stir Fry with Coconut Sauce
Skills to master: Dry heat and wet heat method, mise en place, smoke points, knife cut skills, stovetop safety, stir fry, simmer, sauces, plating and presentation

Mexican Cuisine Day: Chicken Taco Salad, Pico De Gallo, Guacamole, Refried Beans, Dessert Nachos
Skills to master: The safe zone, cross contamination, recipe formulas, menu timing, knife cut skills, melding flavors and enhancing with spices, buffet presentation

Italian Cuisine Day: Risotto, Caramelized Vegetables, Dessert Pizza
Skills to master: Stove top safety, sauté, simmer, reduction, caramelization, Maillard reaction, yeast proofing, kneading, knife basics, plating and presentation  

Session 1B: Italian Bistro Boot Camp – $295
Monday June 18th – Thursday 21st, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Vista Kitchen: 2515 Pioneer Ave, Vista CA 92081

Polenta e Polpette: Creamy Herb Polenta and Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
Skills to master: Danger zone, cross contamination, measuring, blending, simmer, dry heat method and wet heat method, knife basics, plating and presentation

Gnocchi: Potato Gnocchi, Herb Butter Sauce, Pan Frico
Skills to master: Dry heat and wet heat method, mise en place, smoke points, stovetop safety, simmer, sauté, plating and presentation

Pasta e Salsa: Alfredo Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Fresh Pasta,
Skills to master: The safe zone, cutting board safety, recipe formulas, menu timing, knife basics, metric measuring, sauce reductions, roux, flavor enhancement with herbs, buffet presentation

Zuppa di Pomodoro: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, Fresh Herb Focaccia
Skills to master: Stove top safety, roasting vegetables, sauté, simmer, soffritto, Maillard reaction, yeast proofing, kneading, knife cut skills, plating and presentation

Session 1C: Advanced Restaurant Boot Camp – $375
Monday June 25th – Thursday 28th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Vista Kitchen: 2515 Pioneer Ave, Vista CA 92081

Bisque: Shrimp Bisque en Croûte
Skills to master: Shrimp stock, mirepoix beurre manie, cream soups, puff pastry, plating and presentation

Roulade and Timbale: Chicken Roulade with Cream Sauce, Potato Timbale
Skills to master: Sous vide heat methods, mise en place, smoke points, pan searing, fond, fortified sauces, steaming, ricing, aromatics, plating and presentation

Piccata and Pilaf: Lemon Chicken Piccata and Herb Rice Pilaf
Skills to master: Breading, braising, sauce ravigote, paring knife skills, advanced skillet, sauté, simmer, food art and presentation

Fresh Pasta: Stuffed Ravioli with Pesto
Skills to master: Advanced pasta, cheese fillings, olive oil science, emulsification, plating and presentation

NEW SAN MARCOS LOCATION!

Session 2A: French Patisserie – $350
Tuesday July 10th – Thursday 12th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
San Marcos Kitchen: 980 Los Vallecitos, CA 92069

Gâteau de Crêpes: French Crepe Cake with Berry Compote
Skills to master: Measuring, whisking, iron skillet skills, mastering crepe making fillings, caramelizing sugar, flavoring, cooking fruit and garnishing with fresh fruit

Tarts and Quiche: Butter Pastry Quiche & French Pastry Tarts
Skills to master: Kitchen safety, measuring with metrics, egg creams, butter pastry, whisking, glazing fresh fruit, paring knife skills, measuring temperature, presentation

Eclairs and Truffles: Cream Filled Chocolate Eclairs & Chocolate Covered Truffles
Skills to master: Measuring, blending, flavoring, whipping cream, cooking with chocolate, pate a choux

Session 2B: International Cuisine Boot Camp – $295
Tuesday July 17th – Thursday 19th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
San Marcos Kitchen: 980 Los Vallecitos, CA 92069

French Cuisine Day: Fluffy Cheese Soufflé & Crepes with three fillings: Vanilla Cream, Summer Vegetable Sauté, Caramelized Banana
Skills to master: Danger zone, cutting board safety, measuring, blending, mirepoix, simmer, sauté, knife skill cuts, skillet basics, plating and presentation

Asian Cuisine Day: Baked Egg Rolls, Perfect Steamed Rice, Vegetable Stir Fry with Coconut Sauce
Skills to master: Dry heat and wet heat method, mise en place, smoke points, knife cut skills, stovetop safety, stir fry, simmer, sauces, plating and presentation

Italian Cuisine Day: Risotto, Caramelized Vegetables, Dessert Pizza
Skills to master: Stove top safety, sauté, simmer, reduction, caramelization, Maillard reaction, yeast proofing, kneading, knife basics, plating and presentation

NEW SAN DIEGO LOCATION!

Session 3A: Italian Bistro Boot Camp – $295
Thursday August 2nd – Saturday, August 4th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Art Institute of California – San Diego, Mission Valley Kitchen: 7650 Mission Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Gnocchi: Potato Gnocchi, Herb Butter Sauce, Pan Frico
Skills to master: Dry heat and wet heat method, mise en place, smoke points, stovetop safety, simmer, sauté, plating and presentation

Pasta e Salsa: Alfredo Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Fresh Pasta,
Skills to master: The safe zone, cutting board safety, recipe formulas, menu timing, knife basics, metric measuring, sauce reductions, roux, flavor enhancement with herbs, buffet presentation

Zuppa e Pane: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, Fresh Herb Focaccia
Skills to master: Stove top safety, roasting vegetables, sauté, simmer, soffritto, Maillard reaction, yeast proofing, kneading, knife cut skills, plating and presentation

Session 3B: French Patisserie – $350
Thursday August 9th – Saturday, August 11th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Art Institute of San Diego, Mission Valley Kitchen: 7650 Mission Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Gâteau de Crêpes: French Crepe Cake with Berry Compote and Chocolate Nutella Crepes with Fruit Art
Skills to master: Measuring, whisking, iron skillet skills, mastering crepe making fillings, caramelizing sugar, flavoring, cooking fruit and garnishing with fresh fruit

Tarts and Quiche: Butter Pastry Quiche & French Pastry Tarts
Skills to master: Kitchen safety, measuring with metrics, egg creams, butter pastry, whisking, glazing fresh fruit, paring knife skills, measuring temperature, presentation

Eclairs and Truffles: Whipped cream filled eclairs with ganache icing & Chocolate Covered Truffles
Skills to master: Measuring, blending, flavoring, working with chocolate, pate a choux

Important Information for Your Parents:

We have three location and camps this summer in San Diego County. In addition, our camps are held in a professional commercial kitchens. Not only will your kids get to work in a  cool kitchen, they will also be working with our professional chefs.

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

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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.

Because sharing the joy of cooking with children and teens in 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 Info@ArtfulChefs.com.
We look forward to sharing the joy of cooking with your child!

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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
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