This page provides information about our Kids camp programs. We run a summer camp program as well as a winter and spring break programs.

Food is a basic requirement for life. For a healthy and productive life, we need to eat healthy, nutritious food and the best way to do that is to learn to cook for yourself. Get your kids started early.

2019/2020 Winter Break Program

  • Kids 2 Day Baking Camp 12 y/o+  –  MON – TUE DEC 30 & 31  –  8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Kids 2 Day Sunday Brunch Camp 12 y/o+  –  MON – TUE JAN 2 & 3  –  8:30 AM to 4:00PM

Limit 10 participants per week


  • 2 day camps cost $120
  • 5 day Camps cost $280

What to expect

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

Week 1 – Spanish Food Focus – June 12-16, 2017

Week 2 – Mediterranean Food Focus – June 26-30, 2017

Week 3 – French Food Focus – July 10-14, 2017

Week 4 – Greek Food Focus – July 24-28, 2017

Kids Chef Camp Program Schedule

(This is a rough schedule and 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

Friday Only

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):

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.

Form 02 – 2019 Booking Waiver and Release – Minors