Summer Camp FAQ

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Our camps are organized into 3 age groups so all chefs team up with their peers. They are: Tiny Chefs ages 4-6, Lil’ Chefs ages 7-9, Teen Chefs ages 10 & up

PLEASE NOTE: Children are divided by age. If you are signing up with a friend – your child, based on the ticket that is purchased, may not be in the same kitchen or group as his or her friend.

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Most camps are half-day with ages 4 and up welcome. There are exceptions:

  • Week 4 Chopped Competition (full-day camp): age 9 and up
  • Week 7 Baking n Decorating (half-day camp): age 8 & up
  • Week 8 State Fair (half-day camp):  age 4 to 6
  • Week 8 World Cuisines (half-day camp): age 7 & up

If a class/camp is not filled, we will combine age groups as we see appropriate and assign task(s) based on skill level.  For our all-day camp, age groups are divided differently due to certain age requirements.

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Your child needs to have developed fine motor skills and the ability to follow directions. For our Tiny Chefs ages 4-6,  we use time fillers because our little ones get tired of cooking for 3 hours and/or it is difficult to keep their attention for this long time period. As such, our Chefs will play games or let our Tiny Chefs color or play other food-related games to finish our time.

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Fees are non-refundable but can be used for future event(s) if cancelled with at least 24 hour’s-notice. An $85 cancellation fee (per week/per child) will be applied and subtracted from total credit.

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Menu items are subject to change without notice based on available ingredients.

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No additional lunch/food will be provided during these weeks. Please pack a nut-free snack for your child, since most/all recipes are sweet. These camps include the following:

Week 2
Week 6 afternoon
Week 7 morning & afternoon
Week 9 afternoon
Week 11 / Monday camp

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Our recipes include gluten, dairy, eggs, fresh herbs and spices as well as protein dishes. We do not offer an alternative for gluten, dairy or eggs. We are a NUT-FREE facility but do use seeds and coconut. Your child will get a chance to eat everything he or she makes so you are responsible for bringing your child’s food allergy/intolerance to our attention.

During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to list this information on your registration form. When registering, please answer these questions:
If your child cannot consume a certain product, can they touch it? Can they be around it?
If your child is allergic to eggs, can he or she consume it in a baked good?

Please consider the menu being created on class day and if you have any questions about the ingredients, please feel free to contact our learning center at 949-679-8390.

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We will ensure the safety of your child and make sure they do not consume something they are allergic to. This being said, we cook/bake with real butter, eggs, dairy, pork products and meat. We will allow the child to take home to other family members, but we will not make any accommodations.

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When we can, we will omit this product from your child’s serving when there is something individual being made like quiches. We do not substitute products but omit when we can. For Vegetarians, we will have our Junior chef class make vegetarian versions when we can. For Vegetarians who do not consume eggs,  please specify this. Keep in mind that most of our dishes each day will contain egg. Please call to ask for recipe ingredients since we do not replace egg for any other products.

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Your child will get a 45 minute to 1 hour lunch break. The kids get to eat everything they make. If your child is a picky eater or doesn’t care for the food, then please pack a nut-free lunch. We will provide an afternoon snack – again kids are making their own food. If your child brings their own snack, please make it a nut-free.

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Yes, please bring a plastic container to camp each day for your child to put their leftover food in.

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All children need to wear closed toed shoes and hair back off their face.  Your child can wear comfortable clothing.  Please keep in mind if your child doesn’t wear closed-toed shoes, they will not be allowed to use a sharp knife (ages 10+) or be at our stoves helping stir or adding ingredients. This means little participation especially for children 7 years and older.

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Please bring a water bottle with your child’s name on it and a plastic container for leftover food. If your child is 4 years-old, please bring a change of clothes in a plastic bag labeled with their name for the week and take home on Friday.

Your child can bring a snack. All snacks need to be NUT FREE since we are a nut free facility.

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You may arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes early for check in and you MUST stay with your child until the start of camp.

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Our camp is drop off/pick up only.  We do not have the space for parents to stay and watch. We also find parents/siblings can be distracting to your child, other children and for our Chefs.  If your child cannot be dropped off, then they may be too young to stay at camp for an extended period of time.

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Any guardian that is late picking up their child will be charged $50 for every 10-minute increment upon completion of the camp unless we are notified of the tardiness ahead of time.

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