They could have called it Future Chefs of America as kids from Peterson AFB teamed up with Chef Joe Zamora at The Club on Thursday, April 24, to learn how to cook a dinner. It included a salad, main course with sides and dessert.
When they arrived at The Club, the kids donned paper chef hats on which they wrote their names and tied on crisp white aprons.
Club Manager Curtis Clayton welcomed the kids and their parents and introduced Chef Joe. After basic instructions safety and procedures for the evening, the kids followed Chef Joe into the kitchen.
The kids learned how to scoop melon into balls, chop fresh basil, skewer vegetables, marinade chicken breast in coconut milk and hot sauce, bread the chicken, mix cream cheese and sugar, and simmer fresh strawberries and honey into a compote.
They also learned how to wash fresh fruit, how to hold a knife, how to clean the cutting board, how to open a can using a hand-operated can opener, and how to bread chicken using a wet hand and a dry hand.
From start to finish, the kids did the work as Chef Joe demonstrated and explained the process. Attentive kitchen staff assisted when necessary. Their parents, who observed, smiled, took photos and laughed in the background, couldn’t have been more proud of the kids.
Then everyone sat down to eat. Delicious! There were smiles all around.
Did the kids enjoy the cooking camp with Chef Joe? I think we have some future chefs in our midst.
This Kids Cooking Camp was from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Kids needed to be 6 to 15 years of age and accompanied by a parent.
Cost was $20 for parent and child; with an extra person for $7. All supplies were provided. At the end of the evening, each child left with a small cloth carry pack containing an oven mitt, spatula and assorted spices.
This Kids Cooking Camp was SOLD OUT.
Due to the popularity of the event, Mr. Clayton said there would be future opportunities for kids to be in the kitchen with Chef Joe.
Call The Club at (719) 574-4100.