Growing Chefs! Ontario: Know Your Roots Summer CampKnow Your Roots Summer Camp
Registration for 2021 is now closed! Campers will have opportunities to explore our Learning Garden, cook alongside professional Chefs, engage in food focused activities and try some new, delicious foods!
Know Your Roots Summer Camp
Ages 9 – 12
Programming for Know Your Roots (KYR) is all in the name. It’s a week of exploring where our food comes from, the journey it takes from plough to plate – as well as the role we play as individuals in our food system. Each week, campers will have opportunities to explore our Learning Garden, cook alongside the Growing Chefs! team of professional Chefs, engage in food focused activities and, of course, try some new, delicious foods!
Something brand new for 2021 is that Know Your Roots camp will be run out of our new location at The Grove at the Western Fair District, which we share with many other food-focused organizations and businesses. The Grove will give us much more space in which to run our camp activities, still ensuring all social distancing and safety guidelines can be strictly followed.
We are currently reimagining the details for Know Your Roots to best align with current public health guidelines. Camp will begin each day at 9am and conclude at 4pm. Once we have established our program structure and daily schedule we will provide updates to all registrants to tell you more about all of the exciting things that campers will be participating in this year! Our goal is to have participants cooking as much as possible while maintaining the Covid-19 recommendations and best practices laid out by both the Provincial Government and The Middlesex London Health Unit. If you have any questions regarding how we will keep KYR2021 Covid-19 safe, please reach out via email to [email protected]growingchefsontario.ca.
Week 1: July 19 – 23 – 9am – 4pm – Full
Week 2: July 26 – 30 – 9am – 4pm – Full
Week 3: August 16 ‑20 – 9am – 4pm – Full
Minimum age guidance: campers must be turning 9 in the 2021 calendar year.
Subsidy information available upon request.
Advanced Culinary Summer Camp
Ages 12 – 16
The Growing Chefs! Ontario Advanced Culinary Program is a 4 day culinary boot camp that will give participants an opportunity to elevate their food skills, technique and confidence in the kitchen. Each day will begin at 10am and conclude at 2pm. Participants will spend the entire 4 hours cooking with senior members of the Growing Chefs! Culinary team, working through several themed recipes each day – with a quick break for lunch – which will also be made by participants.
Attendance will be limited to 8 young Chefs. This gives our chef team the opportunity to work closely with participants to deliver personalized feedback while the young Chefs grow their skills and confidence in the kitchen. It also allows participants to directly interact with our professional Chefs so they can ask questions and pick their brains about all things food related.
This small group setting also allows us to directly involve participants with food and meal preparation while maintaining the Covid-19 recommendations and best practices laid out by both the Provincial and Municipal government, and our local Middlesex London Health Unit. If you have any questions regarding how we will keep our Advanced Culinary Program Covid-19 safe, please reach out via email to [email protected]growingchefsontario.ca.
Enrolment in the Advanced Culinary Program requires previous cooking experience which may include: attending Know Your Roots Camp in previous years, participation in Growing Chefs! Ontario Programming, or equivalent cooking skills and experience. Please reach out via email to [email protected]growingchefsontario.ca with any questions.
We have been working on the concept for this Advanced Culinary Program for some time and we are so excited to finally see this new program come to life!
Aug 24 – 27 – 10am – 2pm – Full
Minimum age guidance: Young Chefs must be turning 12 in the 2021 calendar year.
Subsidy information available upon request.
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