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Stratford University Culinary Camp for High Schoolers


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Whitney Stringer



Stratford University to Hold Culinary Camp for High School Students

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – (April 18, 2011) – High school students with an interest in learning about culinary skills will have the opportunity to explore those skills at Stratford University’s “Professional Kitchen Summer Camp.” The camp will provide week-long sessions throughout the month of July, covering both baking and cooking skills. Students will have fun, hands-on opportunities to learn how a professional kitchen is run.

“This is a great opportunity for any high school student who is interested in gaining practical experience, as well as doing some career exploration,” explains Chef Gordon Carlson, the chef instructor at Stratford University (www.stratford.edu). “With these small, intense classes, students will learn a great deal and leave here excited and confident about the culinary options that await them.”

The program is ideal for high school students, ages 15-18, who would like to further their culinary experience, explore the culinary career field, or enter a culinary program at the high school or college level. Those who simply seek to gain culinary experience and skills for personal use can also benefit from this summer camp. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each weekly camp. Students will prepare their own healthy lunches each day, as well as take tasty creations home to enjoy with their family.

Cooking camp will cover such skills as measuring and knife skills, sushi, sauce preparation, vegetarian cooking, and pasta from scratch. The baking camp will focus on scones and pies, cookies, bread making, cake baking, and icing cakes. Additionally, both camps will include lessons in kitchen set-up, teamwork, sanitation, clean-up, creating and adjusting recipes, nutrition, and decision making.

The program consists of two one-week sessions that are repeated throughout the month, with daily hours running from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The schedule and cost are as follows:

First week July 5 to July 8, 2011 Baking Camp - $320 (four-day camp)

Second week July 11 to July 15, 2011 Cooking Camp - $399

Third week July 18 to July 22, 2011 Cooking Camp (repeat) - $399

Fourth week July 25 to July 29, 2011 Baking Camp (repeat) - $399

To enter the program, students must meet the age requirement, as well as a height requirement of 4’6” in order to comfortably work in the kitchen, and must purchase a mandatory knife and tool kit ($75).

“We are happy to offer this great culinary experience to area high schoolers,” added Carlson. “It is truly a unique and effective summer-camp experience that will provide students with skills they can immediately put to use.”

Those interested in registering for the program should contact Gordon Carlson at

gcarlson@stratford.edu or (703) 734-5315.

About Stratford University:

Stratford University operates campuses in Tysons Corner, Richmond, and Woodbridge. It offers 31 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Health Sciences, Business Administration, and Information Technology. The degree programs are offered both on campus, as well as online. For more information on the competition or Stratford University, please visit www.stratford.edu.

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