La Toque’s Cooking Camp series brings cooking know how and fun to tweens and teens (ages 10-17) and younger cooks (ages 6-9). Camp activities include cooking instruction, hands on projects, taste tests, contests a la Iron Chef and field trips. Campers will bring home their marvelous creations to share with their families and recipes at the end of the week to hone their skills. Sessions will be taught in a home setting in downtown Palo Alto except field trip days.
Here are some of the amazing creations from 2013 Chocolate Camp’s Cake Decorating Contest
Cost for each Camp is $250.
COOKIE CONNOISSEURS, AGES 10-17 REGISTER
6/2/14-6/6/14 1-4pm AND 6/9/14-6/13/14 9am-12pm
Start out as a cookie rookie and master the art of simply sensational cookies by the end of camp. Come learn the basics of the perfect cookie and some unique advanced cookie baking tips too. We’ll taste test store bought cookies vs. our own creations, visit a local bakery to sample theirs and compete for the best cookie creation.
PIZZA AND PASTA PROS, AGES 10-17
(Note camp sessions of pizza/pasta are FULL and closed to registration)
Go wild (or at least creative) with pizza dough, sauces and toppings. Then crank out pasta into your favorite shape, make your own sauces, ravioli and more as you become a pizza and pasta pro. The week will be full of fun, including a pasta sauce taste test and Iron Chef style competitions.
CHOCOLATE CHAMPIONS, AGES 10-17 REGISTER
We’ll be cooking a host of chocolate treats and compete in a chocolate cake decorating contest. The week will include chocolate tastings and chocolate tempering mastery. We’ll learn how chocolate is created, chocolate chemistry and other chocolate trivia. On Friday we’ll have a full day field trip to visit masters of chocolate in the Bay Area.
CUTTING EDGE CHOCOLATIERS, AGES 10-17
(Note camp session of cutting edge is FULL and closed to registration)
If you’re a chocoholic at heart, sign up for both chocolate camps. This afternoon camp will offer some additional techniques for those who have already taken Chocolate Champions or those who want a full day of chocolate to fulfill their dream chocolate week. Learn the history of chocolate, compete in a chocolate competition and taste test some fabulous chocolates from around the world. On Friday we’ll have a full day field trip to visit masters of chocolate in the Bay Area.
CHILI COOK OFF CHALLENGERS, AGES 10-17 REGISTER
6/30/14-7/4/14 9am-12pm M-Th, 8am-3pm F (choose to come for an hour or the entire day)
Join The Toques at the Palo Alto Chili Cook Off on July 4. This camp prepares the team for the big competition the first 4 days and competes in the Chili Cook Off the 5th day. We’ll learn what makes a terrific chili, taste test our wonderful creations vs. supermarket brands and spice up Independence Day at the contest in Mitchell Park. For those who love to cook and decorate too, booth decorations will be crafted during the week for our brilliant display on the 4th.
COOKING CAMP FOR YOUNGER KIDS, AGES 6-9 REGISTER
If you’re ready to get your younger children cooking up a storm, this camp is for you. Kids will learn basic cooking techniques in a safe environment geared towards children ages 6-9. They’ll exit the week with a full dinner menu they’ll be proud of including hand cranked pasta, several side dishes, cornbread and a cornucopia of delicious desserts including a variety of cookies and chocolate confections. As a special treat, the campers will compete in a chocolate confections decorating contest and a chocolate tasting.
As we have already gotten underway with some of our camp, here are some photos of the camp and campers.