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Summer cooking camps: tales of solar oven berry crisp

In the kitchen with Sprouts Cooking Club campers. Photo: Anna Dmitruk
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The long foggy days of summer in Berkeley mean summer camp for many kids. In such a food-focused town it’s not surprising to learn that camps designed to encourage edible adventures are popular among the next generation of home cooks and potential professional chefs.

What may surprise you is the skills the young students master, like making pasta from scratch, using a culinary blowtorch, and preparing a four-course family meal. And the lessons the children learn: following a recipe is mostly a good thing, sometimes a dish missing many of its ingredients doesn’t taste so great, and working as a team means sitting down sooner to eat the culinary creations.

For young ones in town there are several cooking camps to choose from; we spotlight three here where children learn kitchen techniques such as knife skills, measuring and mixing, and reading a recipe, along with cleaning up and the pleasure of enjoying a meal together. … Continue reading »

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Sprouts for sprouts: When kids learn to cook

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Who will be cooking up delicious dinners for us ten or twenty years from now? Maybe some of the graduates of Sprouts Cooking Club, an organization which collaborates with top local chefs to train the next generation of chefs in Berkeley and beyond.

Sprouts is the brainchild of Karen Rogers, 32 23, who, when she arrived at UC Berkeley in 2005 immediately launched a cooking club on campus.

Today, the culinary arts club has some 600 … Continue reading »

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