By Special to the Daily World
Children in metro Atlanta soon will have a unique and exciting new option for summer camp with the launch of Chef Tech Academy (www.cheftechacademy.com). The camp, focusing on the culinary arts, will run in association with the Emory University Summer Camp Programs and is offered through the Office of Emory Conferences. Beginning June 4, Chef Tech Academy will offer four weekly sessions for children in the following age groups: 5-10, 11-14, and 15-17. Campers may attend one, two, three or all four sessions.
Located on the beautiful campus of Emory University, Chef Tech Academy will provide a fun and stimulating environment for summer learning. All children will be working with a ServSafe [National Restaurant Association] certified chef for a thorough and professional introduction to the culinary arts. Each day campers will prepare dishes ranging from salad preparation to entrees and desserts. They will learn important information about food safety, kitchen skills and food science.
Campers will take trips to local culinary arts schools, working farms such as Serenbe, and food distribution sites like the DeKalb and Georgia Farmers Markets. They will experience sustainable farming, community gardens and organic farming trends. The program will also feature a curriculum that incorporates math, science, and technology, identifying the importance of these core learning skills and their direct relationship to food and nutrition as well as practical applications in the kitchen.
All Chef Tech campers will be involved in a daily physical activity to promote a healthy understanding of physical and nutritional health. The program will have access to the Emory University Student Activity and Academic Center (www.saac.emory.edu) Students will also enjoy the resources of the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center and acres of green space for outdoor activities.
Enrollment is limited to 100 students per week and the price per camper starts at $325 per week until March 31. There is a $100 discount for students who enroll for all four weeks Chef Tech Academy is dedicated to providing the chef training program to students who might be in need of scholarship funds. This will be done by providing matching scholarship grants through outreach efforts to connect with nonprofit agencies and churches that focus on the wellness of children and that implement an on-going program for youth. For the 2012 camp year, 10 scholarships will made available to children from the nonprofit organization CHRIS Kids, while another 10 will go to students at the Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta.
“For a multitude of reasons, this is the most exciting venture I’ve ever been involved with in my career,” said Sidney Corum, founder and CEO of Chef Tech Academy. “My goal is to spark the children’s understanding of how much of a role the critical elements: math, science, technology and communication skills play in their development as chefs and leaders in our communities.”
Corum has more than three decades of experience in the food and service industry. Visit www.ChefTechAcademy.com for additional information about the daily schedule, principal chefs, registration details and sample recipes.