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campusNYC: the premier culinary arts cooking camp!

Premier culinary arts summer cooking camp in New York City: sleepaway and day: open for In-person Camp 2021

Summer Culinary has developed the world’s premier culinary arts summer cooking camp and campusNYC is our oldest flagship location. Located in the heart of NYC, we have day and residential (sleepaway)  programs designed to bring students together in a safe supportive environment.  

Our program includes first-class instruction and lots of exploration and foodie tours of the City as well.  Our professional-level kitchen is stocked with pro equipment to create endless possibilities. We feature numerous in-kitchen demos, special guests, and lots of time cooking a multitude of recipes from scratch.  All you need to love of food!  All skill levels accepted!

COVID UPDATE: All students and staff must now be vaccinated for COVID in order to attend campusNYC.  What happened:  On May 21st New York State released new guidelines for residential and day camps. These new restrictions make it impossible for us to run the program as designed; for one thing the requirements for social distancing of 6-feet distance at all times between people would make the kitchen work impossible.  And there are many more factors. So now to attend campusNYC all students and staff must be vaccinated for COVID.  The good news is, with the entirety of the students and staff vaccinated, we will be able to be in close proximity and without masks in the dorm and kitchen!  Awesome.  This takes away a lot of the fear and anxiety some parents and students may have had around this issue.  This summer will be very close to previous years and for that we are very grateful.   For students who cannot or will not be vaccinated, no problem, you can attend our program in Austin Texas which does not have this vaccine requirement (campusATX).

Why campusNYC?  Pro kitchens.  Pro chefs.  What really makes campusNYC culinary summer cooking camp the best is our culture, our curated evening excursions, and community.    See why we are sold out every year for 9 years!  Watch that video below!!

Located in the heart of NYC

Our kitchen is located in Midtown Manhattan, just a block from Grand Central Station. This premier facility has hosted us for many years, and this year we have the space for the entire day. So we are very excited about this kitchen: professional, fully-equipped, spacious, clean, bright and new.

Summer Culinary has developed the world’s premier culinary arts summer camp in New York City because NYC is the heart of the foodie world. So we can try recipes during the day, and then go sample it from the source that evening! Like Dim Sum, followed by a tour of Chinatown. Or Lasagna and beignets, followed by a trip through Little Italy and Soho. Literally every kind of food is available throughout NYC and in our kitchen and in our excursions we intend to try out as much as we can. In the kitchen we cook recipes – from scratch – from around the world. The opportunities are literally endless when you talk about cooking and sampling food in NYC!

culinary arts summer cooking camp

Want to be the next masterchef?

All skill levels are accepted:

Many of our students are newbies, fresh, and they aren’t mad experienced in the kitchen. They just love to cook. Which is great because they haven’t learned any bad habits! All that is required of our students, that they love to cook and love food and all of that. We have and accept all skill levels. We have also had students who have gone on to wih MasterChef Junior and Chopped Junior (they have even come scout at camp!). So no matter where you are we will challenge you!

Ages accepted:

We accept students from ages 12 – 17 years of age. And we have students of each age attending our program, from 12-year old students to 17-year old students, and each age in between.  Our program will have enough of each age represented, so your student will be able to make friends and hang out with similar-aged students. So for kids coming out of middle school, to all rising grades in high school, we have them all. There is somebody just your age waiting to be your new bestie right at campusNYC every session!

Concentration: Choose Pastry Cooking Camp or Savory Cooking Camp

At campusNYC students can pick between PASTRY or SAVORY as their concentration.  Students who are more interested in baking, sweets, pastries and desserts can pick pastry as their concentration, and students who are interested more in appetizers and entrees can pick savory.

Pastry students work with real, professional-level equipment like giant mixers and speed racks to up their game, trying out recipes like fruit tarts, creme brulee, all sorts of cakes, macarons, pies and other delicious treats all from scratch. And we take special care to div into the world of glazes, sauces, and handmade frosting.

Savory students work in the world of entrees and appetizers. Each meal plan and recipe set we go through each day includes a paired appetizer and entree, which is made by each student. So for Thai day, for example we could pair mini shrimp lettuce wraps or chicken stay as appetizers plus pad thai or crispy Thai BBQ ribs as the entrees. Sounds delicious right?

All students are trained in how to plate their food (make it look awesome when served). And all students work with the chefs to develop their skills beyond plating, starting with knife skills and knife training. And we look at safety, sanitation and clean cook areas, and much more.

Hear from our students

“I love the fact that it felt like a real cooking camp rather than a camp that says “Today we are going to make chocolate chip cookies”. There were real culinary skills being taught and learned.” – Antoinnea, Bahamas, age 17, 2019 student

“My favorite thing about campusNYC was learning more about cooking and having people around me that also felt the same way.” – Audrey, Houston, TX, age 15, 2019 student

“My favorite thing about campusNYC?  Everything; I think it’s a combination of the people, the chefs and the counselors.” – Nikki, Miami FL, age 14, 2019 student

References always available simply contact us.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

We combine top-notch culinary instruction with guided visits to specialty markets and stores, and event nights designed to show off the best of NYC.

Lesson Plan →

OUR RECIPES

Each day we create combine skill building and technique to make full and complete meals from scratch. We go all out and that includes plating techniques too.

Our Recipes →

ENROLLMENT

This program is open to students ages 12 - 17. All skill levels accepted. Sold out 7 years in a row! Come see for yourself why we are the best!

Registration and Tuition →

OUR KITCHEN

Our kitchen is located in Midtown Manhattan just steps to Grand Central Station. It is a fully-loaded professional commercial teaching kitchen.

Our Kitchen →

EXPLORE NYC!

Once the cooking day is complete, our students experience NYC the best way possible… in person, going and doing everything we can imagine! Broadway shows, pizza tastings, shopping, and exploring all the best neighborhoods.  Check out our videos to really see the action.

Pro kitchen.  Pro chefs.  

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