Calling all aspiring chefs! Back by popular demand, our Cultivating Cooks Youth Culinary Series will kick off its 2017 season in March (see specific dates below). We're excited to welcome back Chef Andrea Roelen and introduce Chef Lisa Crawford as the fearless leaders of this inspiring program.
The series is broken down into three sessions for two age groups, 8-12 years old and 12-16 year old. We encourage you to sign up for the entire series at this time. (Links to purchase individual sessions are below.) The breakdown of topics covered in each session is as follows.
The four-week 101 course will teach students the basics of kitchen safety, culinary equipment, knife skills, and some foundational preparation techniques using local and seasonal whole foods while learning about the various nutrition benefits of eating unprocessed foods.
- 8-12 year olds, Wednesdays March 15-29, Wednesday April 5, 5-7:30 p.m.
- 12-16 year olds, Tuesdays March 14-28, Thursday April 6, 5:30-8 p.m.
The four-week 201 course will build on the foundation taught in 101 and explore additional cooking techniques such as baking, steaming, sautéing, stir frying, roasting, and poaching to enhance wonderful flavor profiles in food using delicious local whole foods as our ingredients.
- 8-12 year olds, Wednesday May 3-24, 5-7:30 p.m.
- 12-16 year olds, Tuesdays May 2-23, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
In the 301 week-long intensive students will be introduced to aspects of environmental nutrition including energy efficient alternative cooking methods, how to source locally grown ingredients and why it's important to do so, learn various methods of traditional food preservation, and enhance culinary confidence by designing a spontaneous meal in an Iron Chef style challenge.
- 8-12 year olds, August 8-11, 5-7:30 p.m.
- 12-16 year olds, July 25-28, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Throughout the program students will work in pairs and teams as they gain culinary experience and develop confidence in their cooking abilities. Chef Andrea and Chef Lisa will provide education as well as motivation so that the young chefs feel inspired to continue their culinary education as they go forth to cook for family and friends. Whether your kiddo or teen is a first time cook or already has some culinary experience and wants to enhance their skills, they will take home a wealth of knowledge that will be used for years to come. Cooking is an experience, not just a meal, and we look forward to sharing this culinary experience with your family.
Links for the individual courses, if you're not able to sign up for the series at this time:
- Click here for more information and to register for Cultivating Cooks 101
- Click here for more information and to register for Cultivating Cooks 201
- Click here for more information and to register for Cultivating Cooks 301 (Students must complete 101 or 201 in order to advance to 301.)
Please note, students must complete either 101 or 201 in order to advance to 301.
Instructors: Chefs Andrea Roelen and Lisa Crawford
Andrea comes to us with a plethora of teaching experience. With a Master's degree in Genetics and Cell Biology, she has taught Anatomy and Physiology at the college level and currently substitutes K-12 in the Northshore School District. Andrea has cooked all her life; she has traveled extensively and taken cooking classes from cooks and chefs around the world. Recently, she has combined her passion for cooking and education by creating and implementing cooking classes to eager chefs of all ages. Andrea is excited to be a part of the 21 Acres team and looks forward to having you in one of her classes.
Lisa began cooking and baking at a young age. Growing up eating vegetables right from the garden, getting bottled milk from the local dairy, and canning fruit each fall from the orchards of friends, instilled in her the importance of where food comes from. Today she teaches people of all ages how to prepare tasty meals from sincere ingredients. You can find her at 21 Acres, PCC, and at her own place, The Tiny Kitchen tinykitchenseattle.com.
Registration is required in advance for culinary programs. All proceeds benefit educational programming at 21 Acres and initiatives related to accelerating social change toward more sustainable ways of growing, eating and living that protect the environment while supporting a better quality of life.
The more the merrier! Our culinary classes are twice as much fun when they’re full. 21 Acres reserves the right to cancel any class that fails to meet the minimum enrollment numbers required for teacher participation. 21 Acres may also cancel classes due to chef illness or inclement weather. If 21 Acres cancels a class, students will be notified and a full refund will be mailed or a credit issued on the credit card used. Learn more about 21 Acres' cancellation and refund policy.
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