TV-style Competition: this is where you become a chef
At the end of each session of our programs we have a TV-style cooking competition on the last day, Friday afternoon at both campusNYC, campusATX and campusLA. If you watch the shows, you know what we mean! Who will chop their way to victory this summer? The culmination in the program allows you to become a chef for real.
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, food bloggers, and more. Students work in teams and choose the recipes they want to present to the judges.
Parents/families are invited to attend and watch you become a chef and will get to sample all the recipes! We will send out info on this in your welcome pack don’t worry. It is the last Friday of each session, at the kitchen, arrive around 4:00PM. This is for both our one- and two-week sessions.
Winning recipes from previous summers – all made from scratch:
Savory: Pan-seared plantains stuffed with chorizo and caramelized onions topped with avocado crema over lime and cilantro arugula
Savory: Blue-cheese butter-stuffed pan-seared chicken with quinoa and carrots drizzled with cherry-dark chocolate sauce
Pastry: Cherry clafoutis with a chocolate ganache and whipped cream garnish. Served with lightly spiced donut with an apple filling and an apple cider glaze and fresh peach sorbet.
Note: Students come up with their own creations. It is about teamwork and fun. The judges sample each dish and give detailed descriptions of the good and the bad. Then the students bring the rest of the dishes out so parents can sample. It’s super fun to watch your student present their dish – with close attention to plating and presentation – and then to try if afterwards!