culinary arts summer camp
“I’m a theater nerd so I loved the Broadway show so so much. I also liked walking the Brooklyn Bridge and hanging out near the water because it was time to relax and take cool photos.” – Joshua, Summer 2016 Student
“My favorite parts were the Broadway show because it was so funny. I loved going to Chinatown because we got to eat Chinese food with our friends. Times Square was fun because of the Hershey store. Movie night was awesome because seeing a movie on the Pier was cool and the movie was great and we got to hang out.” – Lizzy, Summer 2016 Student
“Shopping in Times Square, walking the bridge, exploring soho/Chinatown/little Italy, going to Ground Zero, Coney Island. They were all things we did together and we had fun doing them, also Ground Zero was interesting and cool to see.” – Sarah, Summer 2016 Student
“I liked the cupcake mission because I love cupcakes and I liked seeing the Broadway show because it was amazing.” – TK, Summer 2016 Student
Residential students, get ready, because after our day in the kitchen is over, the rest of the day begins! Depending on the day, the activity and the weather, sometimes we will do cool NYC things as we head back to the dorm, and sometimes we will head back to the residence hall to clean up and get ready for the night. Each night is something different, something fresh and fun. Every summer we take our culinary arts summer camps students to a Broadway show. We also make sure to go and do the best of NYC tourist destinations, always with our local-living staff, to get the best insider’s perspective!
Day students do not participate in the event nights. Typically our day students are from NYC and travel from home to the kitchen via subway.
Broadway Show Information:
Last summer we all went to Matilda and Something Rotten! We have also gone to Phantom, Lion King, Spiderman… every year it’s something new. We will not know the 2017 show until early June, but we can tell you we usually go a to a musical, something big and extravagant and loud and awesome… sound familiar?
Past summers culinary arts summer camp has featured the following:
- Broadway shows: every summer we see a show. Last summer was Something Rotten! and Matilda.
- Free Concerts around NYC: Last year we saw the band The Roots (from the Tonight SHow with Jimmy Fallon) perform on the pier.
- Cupcake Mission: we break up into teams to find and bring back the best cupcakes in NYC, then vote on a winner.
- Central Park. We explore and enjoy the park, everything from games of soccer, icebreakers, or Pokewalks.
- High Line. We walk and explore the High Line elevated park.
- Chelsea Market. We visit the vast array of shops contained in the famous market and try all sorts of interesting food from around the world.
- Staten Island Ferry. We ride the Ferry, with open-air decks, and check out the Statue of Liberty. It’s very cool.
- 9/11 Memorial and Tour. Most of the students from out-of-town students want to see the museum and the endless pools at the 9/11 Memorial.
- Shopping in SoHo and Nolita. The best shopping districts in the world.
- Chinatown. Explore and sample food in one of the most unique sections of Manhattan.
- Little Italy. Always good to walk through and experience.
- Times Square. A major tourist destination of course.
- Brooklyn Bridge walk. We walk across the bridge and get boutique ice cream on the Brooklyn side, always fun.
- Residence Hall Events: We will watch movies, play pool, ping pong, and cards in the game room, or work out in the fitness center.
- Outdoor Movies in the park or on the pier: We enjoyed watching the Goonies and singing along to Grease last summer, one of the most relaxing and fun nights.
- Mini Golf: We do 18 holes of mini golf during sunset on the pier with the most gorgeous view. A really nice way to end a long day in the kitchen.
“Chopped”-style Competition: Open to families this year!
At the end of each week of each session of culinary arts summer class we have a “Chopped”-style cooking competition based on our lesson plans. The first Friday is just for us, a practice run for the final day. On the final day of the program, we have a more formal and proper “Chopped”-style competition that is hands-down the favorite single event/day of the program for all the students. This year we are opening up the cooking competition to parents/families. It will be held at around 4:30pm on the last day of camp (July 14th, July 28th, and Aug 4th) The competition in our culinary arts summer class is all in good fun, and students are placed in teams and tasked to make any appetizer, main course and dessert from the curriculum across the two weeks. Judges can include local chefs, foodies, campusNYC administrators, among others.
COMPETITION INFO: Not every student is required to compete. Some students are, for any number of reasons, not interested in the competition. That is totally fine. For the students that do compete, we will discuss it during the camp so you are prepared. Don’t worry, it is all done in the spirit of fun, but we do announce the first, second and runner up at the end of the competition.
Parents: if you are coming to the culinary arts summer camp competition, please be kind and considerate to all students. Try to stay out of the way and have fun! It is about encouraging these students, and lifting them up, and praising their skills. There will be a ton of food, and you will be able to sample the dishes after they are presented.
Residential students can check out Friday after the culinary arts summer camp competition if they choose. We don’t want to make parents who drive in from afar have to sit around Friday night just to check out on Saturday morning (though the student may want to spend that Friday with their new friends). Please try to let us know if you will doing an early check out.