RYE, N.Y. -- Aspiring teenage chefs will learn the skills of the kitchen from personal chef Maria Reina owner of Bella Cucina Maria Ltd. when the Rye Recreation Department hosts its first summer Cooking Camp for youngsters in grades six to 10.
The four-day Cooking Camp will be led by Reina, a personal chef and caterer, and formerly a chef with Tarry Lodge in Port Chester. The classes offer a hands-on opportunity to learn basic knife skills and every day cooking techniques and wil be held in the Rye High School cafeteria kitchen. Participants will learn how to make from scratch; raviolis, gnocchi, crepes and frittatas.
This is brand new venture for the Rye Recreation Department, and we would love to see it get off the ground, said Reina, who is a personal chef in Rye and Greenwich, Conn. The camp should be an exciting experience. Were looking forward to the week.
Reina detailed the four-day cooking and eating food fest.
Day 1 - Introduction to course, the kitchen and basic knife skills. Campers will learn what goes in to a building the perfect sandwich and creating a Panini; and to top their creations they will make their own fresh condiments: ketchup, mayo and pickles.
Day 2 A visit a local Farm and Farmers Market in the morning then back to the kitchen to create their very own farm to table omelet and frittata.
Day 3 Pasta Day! Campers will make gnocchi and cheese ravioli along with two tasty s
auces. They will also learn how to make a super easy Caesar salad dressing for a side salad.
Day 4 Variations on a bread theme: Learn how to make a yeast bread, a quick bread (in the form of a Scone), a baked bread (in the form of bread pudding) and a paper thin bread (in the form of a crepe).
"I am thrilled to be partnering with the Rye Recreation Dept," Reina said. "Itaught several childrens cooking classes in the spring for the RyeBrook Parks and Recreation Department at D'Agostinos and had a wonderful time.It's fantastic to see kids at this age be excited about food and cooking."
The camp will run July 18-21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a cost of $399 per student, which includes a personalized chef apron, kitchen utensils, lunch and other food treats. Deadline for registration is Friday, July 8 and space is limited.
Those interested in learning more about Reina's Bella Cucina Maria, log on at www.bellacucinamaria.com .
To register for the course, contact the Rye Recreation Department at 914-967-2535.
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