Reviews and Testimonials: Overnight Culinary Summer Camps
“My favorite thing about evening events was visiting Chinatown and Little Italy because we get to see different ethnic cuisines and diversity.” – Olivia, Summer 2017 student
“My favorite thing was… everything! I think it is a combination of the people, the chefs and the counselors.” – Nicole, Summer 2017 student
Dear campusNYC, I REALLY loved camp and I would totally recommend for anyone who enjoys cooking and exploring cities to definitely go here! The counselors were awesome and my favorite part was all the guests who came in to teach us about the different aspects of cooking, like the photographer and butcher. The dorms were brand new and a great living space for two weeks…even though we didn’t spend much time there because we were too busy exploring New York City and all its amazing go to shops and tourist locations. – Madison, 2016 student
Reviews: Student Surveys + Parent Emails
Every summer we do a survey of our students, and we ask all sorts of questions so we can constantly improve our programming both in the kitchen and out of the kitchen. Here is a sample of a couple of the survey questions and their results. These answers will better help you understand why campusNYC keeps on growing, and selling out each and every summer. References are available! Look all the way down this page there are LOTS of good things going on at campusNYC!
Select Parent Comments and Reviews From Facebook: (Check Out Our Facebook Page for More!):
2017 Students: what was your favorite thing about campusNYC?:
“Making friends, memories, and learning how to cook better.”
“Getting to meet new friends and do things in New York”
“Cooking in the kitchen with all the friends you make and visiting all the iconic New York sites!”
“Going to Chelsea Market.”
“The experience and the friends.”
“All of the awesome friends I made.”
“Learning how to cook different recipes.”
“It was a great balance of culinary and NYC life.”
“Making friends and always having something to do.”
“The personalities of the chefs and counselors.”
“It was a super fun experience! This was my first time in a sleep away camp!
“Meeting all the wonderful counselors, chefs and campers and to keep in contact with them.”
“My favorite thing was that we all had good vibes with each other and everyone was so nice and the counselors were nice and we got super close with everybody.”
“My favorite parts of campusNYC were the fun and the closeness of everyone and traveling all around the City.”
“Learning how to cook!”
“I really liked making new friends and bonding with them and our outside activities were lit and all the counselors were super nice and chill and they cared about us.”
“Eating our creations.”
“Loved learning about lots of different cuisines.”
“My favorite thing was the pastry chef.”
“Meeting all the great people from all over the country and the world. Everyone was great!”
“I loved how we got to be independent while we were preparing the dishes, but also got supervision. This way, we were able to experiment and learn from our mistakes, but also receive tips and assistance.”
“I loved working now with Chef Scott because he was always so fun and also taught us a lot of techniques and information we didn’t know such as the difference between baking soda and powder.”
“Chef Scott was amazing to work with. He made a great connection with me and knew so much about culinary arts. I also appreciated his demos before kitchen time.”
“Chef Angie was a great teacher and definitely knew how to lead the group. The best part was that she took us through the recipes and demoed them. Pastry was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.”
“I loved how with Chef Angie she didn’t give us a recipe and tell us to do it, she walked us through what we’re doing and how to do it and I really feel like when I was with her I was at my best!”
“Chef Mireille was very helpful. She was always there when we needed her. Chef M gave us fun and challenging things to do once we were done preparing our designated dishes that day.”
“Chef M helped with small points to thoroughly explain techniques. She had a lot of knowledge about different cultures and spices and it was cool to lean about her culture.”
“Chef Oonagh was a really fun chef to work with she understood us and cared for each and every one of us and really taught me a lot of new thing that I could use through my life in cooking and if there’s ever a chance to work with her again I would.”
“Chef Oonagh. She was very patient and kind. She was always there when we needed assistance, and gave us frequent pointers for us to keep in mind, which was very helpful. She encouraged us to be creative and use our imaginations to make unique presentations and special dishes during our Chopped competitions.”
“Meeting people who came in from all over the world and competing in Chopped!”
Students: what was your favorite thing to cook?
“Quiche.” “Sushi.” “Milanese Chicken.” “Jambalaya.” “Asian Food.” “French.” “Mussels.” “I loved learning how to make Indian cuisine.” “Masaman curry.” “Indian.” Pastry.” “Chicken Pot Pie.” “Jambalaya”. “I really liked the Asian day and I also loved the pastries.” “Mexican.” “Roasting a pig.” “Vietnamese.” “Japanese.” “Japanese, specifically sushi.” “Tiramisu”. “Kebob.” “Italian.” “Salad Nicoise.” “Donuts!” “Ropa Vieja.” Tandoori Chicken.” “Crepes.” “Strawberry Shortcake.” “Greek.” “Macaroons.”
As you can see, there is an amazing variety of food that we cook at campusNYC. Our overnight culinary summer camps have two-week sessions as well as a one-week intensive, new this summer. Join us and see for yourself how our awesome Chefs and hands-on style make for an amazing experience in the kitchen!
Notes from parents (references are available):
1 – why did you choose to send Henry to campusNYC in the first place? I had done some research online about different culinary camps and campusNYC looked like the most comprehensive and the most fun!2 – were you happy with Henry’s experience at camp? We were very pleased with Henry’s experience at camp. He liked it so much he wrote an essay to apply for the CIT program for the following summer. We also were very impressed with the large working kitchen that the campers used to learn and perfect their culinary masterpieces.3 – what was it like when Henry got accepted to CIA? We were very happy for him. He was excited.4 – do you have any thoughts for other parents thinking about sending their child to campusNYC? If your child is interested in culinary school, the first step would be to go to campusNYC. The culinary camp is first rate and a lot of fun too.
campusNYC – overnight culinary summer camps based in the heart of New York City. In addition to the best hands-on instruction, our program gives students the ability to explore NYC as never before. Moving in small groups, supervised by experienced NYC residents and caring, committed counselors, our overnight culinary summer camps are an amazing experience students will never forget.