Kids Summer Cooking Camp in Vancouver: Multicultural Cooking
Vancouver’s unique and multicultural food scene allows us to taste flavours from all around the world and diversify our palate. In nutriFoodie’s kids summer cooking camp in Vancouver: Multicultural Cooking, kids interact and experiment with ingredients, dishes and flavour combinations.
This camp allows children to gain a sense of cultural awareness at a young age and encourages them to be open to trying new things. It also enriches campers’ relationships with food which they can continue to build upon in the future and will leave them with experience in cooking and tasting different cultural cuisines.
At the end of the camp, the campers will receive a dietitian-approved recipe book of all the recipes we made throughout the week so that they can make the recipes at home for their families! Read on to learn more about what we do at our Vancouver – inspired cooking camp.
Takeaways & Outcomes of this cooking camp:
- Campers leave with newfound cooking skills that they can apply at home. We start the week off with a lot of vegetable chopping so that the campers learn and practice safe knife handling techniques and general kitchen safety.
- Campers take turns doing different tasks in the kitchen including chopping, cooking, and baking so everyone has the opportunity to build their skills and try something new. Our Multicultural Cooking Camp is all about experiencing new textures and flavours.
- Campers explore what multicultural cooking means and the benefits of learning about cultural foods. As the week goes on, campers learn how to maximize their cooking skills by tasting and adjusting recipes; I call this intuitive cooking. Tasting and adjusting is a great way for the campers to use their senses and take ownership over the recipes and learn how to create their own recipes with more practice. (This is always pretty impressive; most adults I know don’t even know how to do this!)
Reduce Food Waste Through Creativity
- Campers also learn how to improvise and think of sustainability; we always use leftover ingredients to foster reduced food waste and practice culinary creativity. For example, we’ve made iced teas and lemonades using extra herbs like basil and mint, and we have also turned extra shredded veggies into fritters, and even created a whole new pasta dish with leftover pizza sauce.
Reflection of Each Day’s Learning
- The campers finish each day by reflecting on the day and documenting it in their journal. Campers and camp leaders debrief about the highs and lows of the day to make the next day even better. By the end of the week, the campers become comfortable working with different ingredients in a safe and fun way!
Exposure to Different Cultures
Regardless of which cultures we explore in the different camps or which skills are practiced, every camper gets the opportunity to learn about international cuisines and explore the diverse ingredients that come with it.
It’s important for children to be able to explore foods through taste and textures so they can develop healthy and positive eating habits as they get older. In our nutriFoodie kitchen, there’s no such thing as “kid foods” – it’s just good, honest, delicious, and nurturing foods.
A day in the life of nutriFoodie’s cooking camps:
Campers start their day with exciting icebreaker activities, food-related puzzles and energizing games before heading to the kitchen for informative demos on kitchen safety and the knife skills required for the meal they will be making that day. After that, it’s straight into cooking! Throughout the day, the campers get a chance to spend time outdoors and participate in other food lessons and games. Here are some of the activities we did over the week:
A Mexican cuisine themed day! Campers chopped up the ingredients for a fresh salsa and refried beans for our soft shell tacos… In the afternoon, campers made nutriFoodie’s famous cornbread and horchata recipes. So delish; I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
Italian themed! Who doesn’t love pizza?! The kids learned to make dough from scratch and worked together to chop up all of the toppings for their delicious pies, including learning how to chiffonade basil!
Indian cuisine! Campers explored various tastes and textures by doing blindfolded taste tests and learning how different spices can elicit diverse aromatic senses.
Greek cuisine, yum! The campers worked together to make made chicken skewers, tzatziki sauce, and a Greek salad. Since raw chicken was being used, it was especially important to be diligent in hand-washing to make sure that there was no cross-contamination.
Last but certainly not least, Vietnamese cuisine! This day, the campers learned how to wrap Vietnamese salad rolls, bake sesame crisps and make refreshing drinks without using a recipe. The campers also played a mindful eating activity where they had to try and guess exotic fruit, while blindfolded, using only their touch and smell. Several campers mentioned how they’d never try these fruits if they had seen them. I call that foodie adventure an educational success!