Teen Cooking Camp: Kitchen Basics

$995 per person

San Francisco Cooking Camps are 5-consecutive day sessions that offer your kids access to high-quality ingredients, top-notch tools, attentive instruction, and tons of fun. This camp is ideal for kids with a demonstrated passion for food and cooking who want to spend each day rolling up their sleeves to learn some amazing new recipes

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Be able to execute a wide range of fundamental knife skills
  • Understand seasoning and how to work with a variety of fresh ingredients
  • Understand general menu planning and how to prep and plan like a pro
  • Build a foundation of kitchen skills for future culinary adventures

About This Class

Does your teenager love to help out in the kitchen? Do you fear they may spend their summer only watching cooking shows? If you’ve got kids who dream of a career in food, or just want to cook with more confidence, this one-week camp is exactly what they need.

San Francisco Cooking Camp is aimed at mature teens who are passionate in the kitchen and hungry to learn more.  Each day will focus on core fundamentals through hands-on learning.  Rather than simply having them memorize recipes, we will help your teens understand more about how things work in the kitchen and, via a variety of methods and techniques, they will become more intuitive and comfortable cooking a huge collection of dishes inspired by Northern California and foods of the world.

The week culminates with the class turning our kitchen into a “restaurant” for friends and family, with a menu conceived and prepared by your kids. Where better to kick of a life long love of cooking than in the professional kitchen of San Francisco Cooking School?

Camp Schedule: 9 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday from June 18th – June 25th OR July 16th – 20th

Note: Our Cooking Camps are intensive and hands-on. We cover a lot of material and will also have a lot of fun! The environment is stellar for curious cooks but we do not offer alternate activities should your kids not be interested in the curriculum. Safety and sanitation are our top priorities and we will be diligent in enforcing the rules of the kitchen to make sure everyone is working safely.


Day 1: Knife Skills

Menu includes: Deviled Eggs, Oven Roasted Wild Salmon, Mixed Veggie Slaw, Fresh Fruit Crumble

Day 2: Soups, Stocks & Meatballs

Menu includes: Homemade Stocks, Mini Meatballs and Quick Dipping Sauces, Italian Meatball Soup, Matzo Ball Soup, Seasonal Summer Salad with Tangy Vinaigrette, Chocolate Mousse

Day 3: All Things Veggie

Menu includes: Gazpacho, Roasted Veggies with Pesto, Falafel and Tzatziki Sauce, Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Day 4: Steak & Chicken

Menu includes: Homemade Hummus + Pita Chips, Seared Chicken Breast and Flank Steak with Pan Sauce, Vegetable Mash, Wilted Garlic Greens, Ice Cream Sundaes with Roasted Peaches & Nut Brittle + plan menu for tomorrow

Day 5: Menu Preparation + Lunch


  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Five-session series
  • Ages 13-17


Covid Policy

All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.

We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

Do I need to eat before class?

You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 


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