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Chef Reina Shares Art of Cooking at Rye Camp

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. We’re 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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