Back by popular demand, the 21 Acres Cultivating Cooks Youth Culinary Series kicks off on Feb. 24. With three sessions being offered this year, you’ll find one that best suits young adults ages 12 to 17; or, make your budding chef’s culinary dreams come true, and sign up for all three!
Cultivating Cooks 101 – Five Wednesday evenings: Feb. 24, March 2, March 9, March 16, and March 23 (6:30-8:30 p.m.). The 5-week 101 course will teach students the basics of kitchen safety, culinary equipment, knife skills and some foundational preparation techniques using local and seasonal whole foods while learning about the various nutrition benefits of eating unprocessed foods.
Cultivating Cooks 201 – Five Wednesday evenings: May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, and June 15 (6:30-8:30 p.m.); The 5-week 201 course will build on the foundation taught in 101 and explore additional cooking techniques such as baking, steaming, sautéing, stir frying, roasting and poaching to enhance wonderful flavor profiles in food using delicious local whole foods as our ingredients.
Cultivating Cooks 301 – Week-long intensive: Tuesday - Friday, Aug. 16 through 19 (4-7 p.m.); In the 301 week-long intensive students will be introduced to aspects of environmental nutrition including energy-efficient alternative cooking methods, how to source locally grown ingredients and why it’s important to do so, various methods of traditional food preservation, and they’ll enhance culinary confidence by designing a spontaneous meal in an Iron Chef-style challenge.
Andrea Roelen is a new addition to the 21 Acres culinary education team. Roelen has been teaching at the college level and currently substitutes for K-12 in the Northshore School District.