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Youth Culinary Academy: Level 1/ California Cuisine
Above: Promotional image of youth cooking at The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle's Youth Culinary Academy. Courtesy image of The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle.
The Youth Culinary Academy aims to provide realistic, innovative and entertaining culinary school training for youth ages 5+. With a skills-based and hands-on approach to learning, YCA students will learn traditional cooking techniques, theories, history and practice, in a working kitchen, with chef teachers.
Our program has a strong emphasis of “garden to table” and will also incorporate freshly harvested produce from our working organic garden. Some classes will also feature a gardening portion to learn growing techniques, theory and practice.
Chef students will walk away from our classes with a working knowledge of culinary techniques and the foundation for being chefs their entire lives.
Cuisine and Level Based Learning.
Each course is designed to advance each individual student’s skills, while exploring a new type of cuisine. Students can both advance through the levels, as well as experience different cuisines through different courses and levels offerings. Each course will offer graduation to the next level through a test of learnings at the last class.
There are currently 3 levels to the Youth Culinary Academy and in each level we will focus on:
Knife Skills / Kitchen Tools / Safety / Cooking Techniques / Ingredients / History / Terminology / Nutrition / Traditional Recipes
Tuesdays / 3:30-5:00pm $150 / February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Thursdays / 3:30-5:00pm / $150 / February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
Mondays / 10:30am-12:30pm / $180 / February 24 March 3, 10, 17, 14, 31
Tuesdays / 12:30pm-2:30pm / $180 / February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Class size is limited to 10 per class. Level 1 is open to students 5+, no prior experience necessary*