This page provides information about our summer camp program.
Food is a basic requirement for life. For a healthy and productive life, we need to eat healthy, nutritious food.
Help your kids get excited about healthy cooking and eating.
Limit 9 participants per week
At Café YOU we make our food from scratch using fresh ingredients, organic wherever possible, and we do not deep fry anything.
Our cooking camps focus on nutrition and on getting kids, aged 12 and up, excited about healthy cooking and eating. Our camps are a great choice for kids who have an interest in cooking and also for those who need to learn to enjoy healthy, nutritious food. Children make soups, salads, appetizers, entrees and baked goods and our camp culminates with a dinner service all planned, prepared and served by camp participants.
Learning Skills: Children will learn about exotic ingredients and spices, food safety and preparation, knife skills, recipe building and a myriad of cooking techniques.
Counselor Certification: Camps are run by our chefs and restaurant staff so that the campers learn first hand from trained professionals.
Levels of Expertise: Campers of all cooking levels are encouraged to attend. From beginners to advanced cooks, everybody will learn something new.
Photos – Past Camps
Camp Schedule 2019 – $275 per week
Cost includes morning and afternoon snack and lunch everyday. Camp is Monday through Friday, with a Friday night dinner made by your kids! A $75 deposit per week is required to secure your booking.
2019 Camp Schedule
|Week 1||June 10 – 14, 2019||French Food Focus|
|Week 2||June 24 – 28, 2019||Spanish Food Focus|
|Week 3||July 8 – 12, 2019||Italian Food Focus (Sorry we are sold out for this week)|
|Week 4||July 15 – 19, 2019||Mediterranean Food Focus|
|Week 5||July 29 – August 2, 2019||French Food Focus|
2019 Camp Program
(Times are approximate)
|7:30 – 8:30 am||Drop Off / Breakfast
Campers can have breakfast at home or order breakfast from our menu.
|8:30 – 9:15 am||Nutrition & Healthy Eating – Theory
We will cover different topics every day aimed at getting campers interested in and excited about eating healthy food.
|9:15 -10:15 am||Kitchen Skills – Practical
Campers will learn how to work efficiently in a kitchen: planning & preparation, kitchen safety, knife skills, how to handle hot food, cooling food, rewarming food, washing dishes and more.
|10:15 – 10:45 am||Morning Snack Break|
|10:45 am – 12:30 pm||Friday Café YOU Camper’s Dinner Prep – Practical
Campers will start by preparing a menu, dinner invitations and a shopping list, followed by a shopping field trip on Wednesday, event planning and food preparation.
|12:30 – 2:00 pm||Lunch – Included in cost of camp. This time includes 30 min gym time.|
|2:00 – 2:15 pm||Food Safety – Theory & Practical
Campers will learn the basics of food safety including forms of food contamination, safe food handling & storage and cleaning & sanitizing.
|2:15 – 3:15 pm||Food Art – Practical
Campers will decorate cupcakes and practice other creative food presentation techniques.
|3:15 – 3:45 pm||Afternoon Snack Break|
|3:45 – 4:30 pm||Flex Time
On Mon and Tues Camper’s will watch a number of food service videos, and on Wed, Thu and Fri Campers will continue preparation for the Friday evening Café YOU Camper’s Dinner.
|4:00 – 5:15 pm||Pickup – Mon to Thu
Later pickup can be arranged. A small fee will apply.
|5:15 – 7:00 pm
|Café YOU Camper’s Dinner
Family and friends are invited to dinner at Café YOU (Max 4 people), all planned, prepared and served by the Campers. A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of dinner.
What to Bring and Wear
Campers should bring a water bottle (we have filtered water to refill bottles) and should wear clean comfortable clothing with closed toe shoes and have their hair tied back or wear a baseball cap. No nail polish, rings or bracelets please.
How to sign your child up for one of our Kids Chef Camps
Print and complete the form below and send us a copy along with a deposit of $75.00 per booking. Deposits are refundable except if you cancel within the 14 days immediately prior to the camp start date, in which case your deposit is non-refundable.
Our street address (for snail mail or dropping off a copy): 1423 SE 10th Street, Unit 1A, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Our email address (for sending a scanned copy): firstname.lastname@example.org
Deposits can be made by check, over the phone by credit card, or in person at 1423 SE 10th Street, Unit 1A, Cape Coral, FL 33990.