Monday, July 22, 2013

Let the Journey Begin!

Happy Monday! And an even more Happy Day 1 of the Cook Like a Chef! Ethnic Foods Camp! Campers all arrived on time to start camp by 9AM sharp. Your campers have the opportunity to participate in research that we use to see how cooking influences food choices... Just like last week, we asked the campers to fill out a few surveys to see what the campers know. They will be tested and surveyed again at the end of the week to see what all they learned!

Chef explained to the campers where we get our taste preferences from, and then campers were able to do a taste test of their own to challenge their palettes. They sampled two different pastas - one with and one without salt - and they tasted the difference! The key to using salt? Know the right time to use it!

Chef also explained the general lab procedures for working in the kitchen and safety issues too! Next, campers picked out their kitchens and their team, and then got familiar with their "territory" for the next week with a Hide'n'Seek activity. Once the campers had gotten the lay of the land, Chef gave a demonstration for how to make your own stir fry!

Campers then migrated back to their kitchen to give it a go themselves! This first recipe really gave campers the chance to experiment -- with 4 different types of rice, and a plethora of vegetables to choose from, each kitchen really made this recipe their own!

After lunch, Chef gave one last demonstration about how to properly wash dishes.. (Parents, make sure you test their knowledge!!) As quick as the day began, it was over! We can't wait to see what our campers will whip up tomorrow when they travel to Central and South America and Africa!

Want to see more photos from today? Click on the linked caption below the photo! 

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