Hands on Kids/teen Boot camp

Teen Boot Camp 2: International Adventure

Is your teen ready to take their cooking skills to the next level and go on a culinary adventure? In this week-long Boot Camp, the Chopping Block's seasoned chefs will teach teens, ages 12 to 16, essential cooking techniques from around the world and share kitchen wisdom that will stay with them for a lifetime. In this global voyage, students will become proficient at making sauces, knife skills, meat and vegetable cookery, understanding worldly culinary traditions, identifying herbs and spices, making dough and baking. Additionally, they will understand the hows and whys of cooking, preparing them for a future of confidence in the kitchen. Teen Boot Camp 1 is not a prerequisite for Teen Boot Camp 2. 

Day 1: Spain

  • Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Sauce
  • Tortilla Espanola with Aioli  
  • Bacon-Wrapped Dates
  • Fresh Tomato, Cucumber and Herb Gazpacho
  • Shrimp and Chorizo Paella
  • Churros with Cinnamon Sugar

Day 2: India

  • Red Lentil Dal with Raita
  • Samosas with Coconut-Cilantro Chutney
  • Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice
  • Saag Paneer (Sautéed Spinach with Fresh Cheese) 
  • Whole Wheat Chapati
  • Mango Lassi

Day 3: Greece

  • Spanakopita Pie
  • Greek Villagers Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
  • Avgolemono (Chicken Soup with Lemon and Orzo)
  • Gyros with Homemade Pita and Tzatziki Sauce
  • Roasted Potato Wedges
  • Orange Semolina Cake with Whipped Cream

Day 4: Latin

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup and Quesadillas with Homemade Flour Tortillas
  • Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with Avocados and Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Caribbean-Spiced Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaves 
  • Tostones (Fried Plantains)
  • Rice and Black Beans
  • Guava Bars with Shortcake Crust

Day 5: Asia

  • Shrimp Pot Stickers with Carrot-Ginger Salad
  • Steamed Chicken Buns with Hoisin Dipping Sauce 
  • Shanghai Noodles with Ground Beef, Green Peppers and Tomatoes
  • Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy, Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms with Steamed Rice
  • Mochi with Mango Ice Cream


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