Chef Tech Academy is adding new flavor to the traditional summer camp model.
The camp, which employs culinary arts as a means to an educational end, runs from June 4 through 29 on the Emory University campus.
“Interest is very high; parents are excited,” said Academy founder and CEO Sidney Corum. “It’s a great way for kids who have a passion for cooking to learn and how [what we teach] plays a role in their development.”
The camp’s two-pronged focus includes lesson plans centered on math, science and technology, whereby kitchens double as classrooms. Physical education and nutrition programming make up the camps other core component.
Learning through deconstruction will be the norm there.
Campers — under the guidance of four master-level chefs — will prepare their own meals, seasoning the food with natural herbs and spices.
“They eat the meal, and then we go back and mathematically and scientifically deconstruct everything,” Corum said. “We found that the best way to get the kids’ attention is to show them where math and science were applied after the fact.”
The academy staff will also boast a pair of counselors charged with handling math, science and technology instruction.
Physical exercise and nutrition programming rounds out the camp experience there.
“It’s very important for kids to have access to information about what’s good to put in their bodies and what’s bad,” said Corum, also owner of Greek Life Services, which designs meal plans for fraternities and sororities.
“They can then take that information back to their families,” he added. “They can teach them about monitoring calorie intake, reading labels on food products and [so forth].”
There are still slots available for the Chef Tech Academy. Programs will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up times.
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