GCSC Teaches Kids how to Cook

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A great skill to have in life is to cook, and local kids were taught the basics at Camp Cupcake! Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) hosted the youth program from Jun. 18 to Jun. 21. 

Kids between six and nine years old learned the importance of kitchen safety, sanitation, measuring, and of course eating!

 Eight kids signed up for the four day course, and learned how to make a lot of treats that are not only savory, but also sweet.

Theo Patronis wanted to go because his dad used to be in the culinary program at the college. He admits that cooking isn't always as easy as it looks. 

"The hardest part is probably trying to follow the directions on the paper, " he said. 

The class is being taught by the college's culinary program instructors. They say there are a lot of positives to learning how to cook at camp cupcake versus at home. 

"This is more of a professional environment. We've got eight, 6 to 9 year olds saying 'yes chef' and we have their attention. And in a group environment they can work as a team," said Chef Denise Criver. 

This is the first year of camp cupcake but there are plans to host it again next summer. In the future GCSC wants to incorporate their college culinary students into the program.

The camp costs one $100, which includes a culinary kit for the four day program.


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