Cooking Like a Chef Day Camp

Preparing for Cooking Like a Chef Day Camp

Training for Cooking Like a Chef Day Camp

The objectives of Cooking Like a Chef Day Camp (for participants 9 to 14 years of age) are to:

  • Increase knowledge of healthy food choices through discussion and exposure
  • Prepare healthy versions of cultural foods that are inexpensive and tasty
  • Enhance individual culinary skills
  • Participate in food demonstrations, nutrition activities, and shared mealtime with 4-H high school ambassadors, adult leaders, and volunteers

The camp offers a social environment conducive to the transfer of knowledge and skills through interactive meal preparation, food tasting, and active participation in learning self-management skills and techniques. Participants include the 4-H agent or volunteer, three 4-H high school youth, and various support persons such as a local chef, and Clemson University undergraduate creative inquiry students. Each camper receives a manual with kitchen basics, safety and sanitation procedures, knife safety and knife cuts, as well as work station set-up.

The manual provides the menu of the day with all the recipes and nutrition information. Participants share a meal, providing an opportunity for discussion and critique.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Who can participate?
    The program is open to the counties that have participated in the Healthy Habits Summit. Each county will advertise the camp in their local communities.
  • What is the cost of the camp?
    The cost of the Cooking Like a Chef Day Camp varies from county to county depending on the costs they will incur in their county.
  • Where is the camp held?
    The camps are conducted at various locations throughout the county depending on where the county can secure a kitchen adequate to conduct the program.
  • How old do you have to be to participate?
    This also varies from county to county, but it is recommended for youth 9 - 14 years of age.