The UCCI School of Hospitality Studies hosted its first two-week Culinary Camp this July, teaching children valuable life skills including kitchen safety and meal preparation techniques.

Arrianna Williams, 8, said that she enjoyed making and decorating cupcakes while Lawanda Williams, 8, said she enjoyed preparing and eating the food.

“I was really proud that I was able to make burgers for my family for dinner from scratch,” added Jude Solomon, 11.

Working in two age groups (3 to 8 and 9 to 12), students worked hands-on under the supervision of Chef Elardo McDonald and Hospitality School Senior Lecturer, Tanique Dunbar.

“I take great pleasure in hosting this camp as it gives students the opportunity to learn, experiment, engage in their passion or even develop and enhance a skill,” said Dunbar. “This camp provides a foundation for growth and development. We are looking forward to hosting the camp next year again as participants showed great interest and they truly enjoyed the different sessions.”

In addition to a field trip and commercial kitchen tour, lessons included fruit and vegetable carving, sugar craft, vegan dishes, cake and cookie making and decorating, pizza, burger and sandwich making and plate presentation.

Registration for summer 2020 will open in June 2020.