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Kid & Teen Summer Camp Schedule 2019
Teen Boot Camp

Kids' and Teens Cooking Classes 

We place more emphasis on food in our families these days. We want to know where our food is coming from, we know we should be able to pronounce each ingredient on the nutritional label and frozen dinners just don't cut it anymore. More parents are realizing that teaching their kids to cook helps prepare them for the future. Enrolling your child in a kid or teen cooking class or camp at The Chopping Block bring them one step closer.

Each kids' and teens' cooking class or camp includes a hands-on lesson on ingredients, sanitation, organization and cooking techniques.


Kids & Teen Summer Camps



Due to COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person kids summer camps in 2020. However, we have 3-day virtual kids camps designed for kids ages 8 and up. 

Virtual Baking and Pastry Kids Camp

  • Tuesday, August 25 3pm-4pm CST Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers
  • Wednesday, August 26 3pm-4pm CST Chocoflan (Chocolate-Cajeta Flan Cake)
  • Thursday, August 27 3pm-4pm CST Summer Fruit Crostata with Seasonal Sherbet

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Virtual Savory Kids Camp

  • Tuesday, September 1 3pm-4pm CST Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Enchiladas with Salsa Verde
  • Wednesday, September 2 3pm-4pm CST Chicken Cordon Bleu (Chicken, Ham and Gruyere Cheese) Crêpes with Sautéed Green Beans
  • Thursday, September 3 3pm-4pm CST Pork Milanese Sandwiches with Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad
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We welcome kids ages 12 to 16 to join us for a five-day mini-camp, featuring simple-yet-  sophisticated menus that can easily be recreated at home. We will focus on knife skills, classic techniques, menu planning, organization, working cleanly and safely in the kitchen, and creativity.


Teen Camp: Baking and Pastry

Day 1: Quick Breads: Quiche Lorraine (Bacon and Gruyere Cheese); Chocolate Chip Scones; Lemon Pound Cake

Day 2: French Pastry Techniques: Raspberry Macarons; Chocolate Pot de Crème with Whipped Cream; Blueberry Clafoutis with Powdered Sugar

Day 3: Yeast Dough and Fritters: Homemade Soft Pretzels with Honey Mustard; Beignets with Powdered Sugar; Orange and Vanilla Mini Conchas (Popular Mexican Sweet Pastry)

Day 4: Cakes, Cookies and Bars: Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Ganache Centers and Roasted Banana Buttercream; Lime Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache Drizzle; Millionaire Shortbread Bars (Shortbread, Caramel, Chocolate and Sea Salt)

Day 5: Fruit Desserts: Pop Tarts with Homemade Jam and Vanilla Glaze; Fresh Fruit Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream; Seasonal Fruit Sherbet


Teen Camp: Global Cuisine

Day 1: South America: Pao De Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs); Chivito (Grilled
Steak, Egg, Cheese Sandwich); Cumin Roasted Potatoes; Fruit-Filled Empanadas

Day 2: Italy: Caprese Salad (Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil) with Balsamic Glaze; Italian Sausage-Filled Homemade Ravioli with Pesto Cream Sauce; Macerated Summer Berries with Zabaglione

Day 3: France: Frisée Salad with Apples, Goat Cheese, Mustard Vinaigrette; 40 Clove Garlic Chicken with Mashed Potatoes.Roasted Green Beans; Lemon Soufflé

Day 4: Japan: Spicy Edamame; Homemade Sushi: Maki and California Rolls; Ginger Pot de Crème

Day 5: Iron Chef Competition!


Teen Camp: Summer in the City

Day 1: Millennium Park Picnic: Hummus with Assorted Crudité; Grilled Chicken Sandwiches on a Pretzel Bun with Homemade Aioli; Individual Key Lime Pies with Graham Cracker Crust

Day 2: Taste of Chicago: Elotes (Grilled Corn with Parmesan Cheese and Lime); Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza with Italian Sausage and Mushrooms; Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Day 3: North Avenue Beach Party: Tomato Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips; Black Bean and Cheese Crunchwraps; Fruit Skewers with Honey-Lime Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Day 4: Lakeside BBQ: Strawberry-Watermelon Caprese Salad; BLT Burgers; Roasted Campfire Potatoes; S’mores Cookie Bar

Day 5: Iron Chef Competition!


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Teen Boot Camp

Is your teen Is your teen ready to take their culinary skills to the next level? In our week-long Teen Boot Camp, The Chopping Block’s seasoned chefs will teach teens, ages 12 to 16, essential
cooking techniques and share kitchen wisdom that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Students will become proficient at making sauces, knife skills, meat and vegetable cookery,
making dough and baking. Additionally, they will understand the hows and whys of cooking, preparing them for a future of confidence in the kitchen.

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 *Please note our kitchens are not a gluten or nut-free environment.

“The Chopping Block has long been regarded as one of the best places for novice chefs to learn how to cook. Their stellar reputation extends to their kids' camp program.”

Read more about our camps in Make It Better magazine.