Growing Chefs! Ontario: Advanced Culinary Program

Advanced Culinary Program

This spring, our popular Advanced Culinary Program returns for young aspiring cooks aged 12 – 16. Theme: International cuisines!

Posted on: Nov 30, 2021

Registration is now full. Please contact Christy at [email protected]​growingchefsontario.​ca to be added to the waitlist. 

What to Expect: This spring, we are offering an 8‑week Advanced Culinary Program for youth aged 12 – 16. This exciting program will help participants further develop their confidence and cooking skills through exploring different international cuisines. We will focus on kitchen and food safety, reading and adapting recipes, learning a variety of cooking techniques, working with different tools, and learning to taste and season foods like a Chef.

Date & Time:
The Advanced Culinary Program runs from 6:158:30pm every Tuesday night from March 22, 2022 through to May 10, 2022.

will be hosted at our new teaching facility, The Grove at The Western Fair District, located at 900 King St. This facility is more spacious than our Growing Chefs! Headquarters, with a teaching classroom equipped with audio/​visual supports.

Capacity: Adhering to current COVID-19 distancing restrictions, and to ensure every participant has the opportunity to interact with our Chef team, the capacity of these classes has been limited at present. We hope to more widely open up these classes in the New Year.

Age: participants must be between the ages of 12 to 16 on the first day of class, March 22nd.

Pricing: $280 ($35 per week X 8 weeks)

Cost includes all programming fees, dinner each week, some things to take home, a safety glove for knife skills development and a Growing Chefs! apron. Growing Chefs! Ontario is committed to providing low-cost food education experiences for youth. If cost is a barrier to registration, please contact [email protected]​growingchefsontario.​ca to explore subsidy options.

COVID-19 Safety: Growing Chefs! Ontario is in regular contact with the Middlesex London Health Unit to ensure we are following strict guidelines. Throughout the pandemic we have always gone above what was required by public health measures. We are following guidelines for cooking and food skills programs set-out by Public Health. Participants are required to fill out a screening, wear a reusable or single-use medical mask unless eating, or maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres when outdoors. Surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized regularly, and in between each activity, and when participants leave an area.

Food Allergies: If food allergies are a concern, rest assured that our team is highly experienced in managing dietary restrictions. Do not let a dietary concern prevent your child from participating in our programming. Get in contact with our staff team and we’ll do our best to make appropriate accommodations.

Cancellations: Once full payment is received and registration is confirmed, any cancellation must be directly communicated to Growing Chefs! Staff as early as possible. Cancellations made once the program has started will be eligible for refunds on a case by case basis.

Vaccination: all participants 12 and up will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination (dated at least 14 days prior to the first class) or proof of acceptable exemption to attend in-person programming. These are the government-mandated parameters we’ve been given in order to have this long-awaited opportunity. For the first day of the series, participants are asked to bring a copy of their vaccination receipt or proof of exemption and a piece of photo ID for view only (we will not keep a copy on record, please do not email us proof).

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